SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA—Back in 2010, VMware unveiled one of its most ambitious projects for joining the worlds of consumer and business technology: virtualization for smartphones.
Unfortunately, it never came to be. By 2011, VMware said, there would be hardware partners selling virtualized smartphones, using a hypervisor to run a guest operating system that isolates work applications and data from personal ones. As release dates got pushed into the future and became less specific, it took on the feel of a classic vaporware project.
But VMware is not giving up. On Tuesday at the annual VMworld conference, VMware said the Android project—called Horizon Mobile—is still alive, and moreover that it will be adapted to the iPhone.