VMware has developed a version of its virtualisation platform for mobile phones, which it says will simplify mobile application development.
VMWare said the technology, called VMware Mobile Virtualisation Platform (MVP), is a thin layer of software embedded on a mobile phone that decouples the applications and data from the underlying hardware.
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Paul Maritz, president and chief executive officer of VMware, said, "By abstracting the applications and data from the hardware itself, we expect that virtualisation will not only enable handset suppliers to accelerate time to market but also pave the way for innovative applications and services for phone users."
Built on technology from Trango Virtual Processors, a company VMware recently acquired, VMware MVP supports mobile operating systems including Windows CE 5.0 and 6.0, Linux 2.6.x, Symbian 9.x, eCos, µITRON NORTi and µC/OS-II.
The company said the MVP platform addition, also enables end-users to run multiple profiles on the same phone - for example, one for personal use and one for work use.