A company called VMware is working on technology that would allow a smartphone to run two different operating systems concurrently.
Such a device would not allow dual-boot (the ability to start one OS or the other), but it actually allows users to run both profiles at the same time and be able to switch between them by clicking a button depending on what applications they'd like to be using.
This technology could also isolate work applications and data from personal applications and data, thus addressing security and management issues.
Right now, VMware is targeting Windows Mobile, Android and mobile Linux as possible dual OS combinations. Part of the impetus behind the idea is to allow individuals have what it seems as a device for their work life and another for their home life in one piece of hardware fulfilling both needs.
Currently VMware has selected a US, and a European carrier to begin prototyping phones for enterprise beta testing in 2011.
The Microsoft vision Poured water on the idea of smartphone virtualization, Zane Adam, Microsoft's head of virtualization said the company had seen little or no interest from the market. "It's still too early in this phase. That's not to say that we aren't keeping an eye on it."