SAN FRANCISCO—VMware's quest to virtualize the smartphone is gaining steam on Android, with some premium devices now getting access to the company's dual-persona technology.
VMware started talking about virtualizing Android smartphones back in late 2010. The idea is to run a second instance of Android on the phone inside a virtual machine, creating a secure workspace (a second "persona") that can be managed by a user's employee without affecting the user's personal items. VMware finally brought this software to market on the LG Intuition and Motorola Razr M in May of this year.
Today at the VMworld conference, VMware said dual-persona is ready for some of the most popular Android phones. "The list of smartphones supporting Horizon Workspace now includes the recently launched LG G2 that will be on all major US carriers, Motorola DROID family of smartphones (DROID Mini, DROID Ultra, and DROID Maxx), as well as HTC One through Verizon Wireless," VMware said in an announcement. "This adds to the expanding lineup of VMware Ready devices already in-market that includes the LG Intuition, Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4, Droid Razr HD, and Razr M by Motorola."