Functionality could be one challenge, however.
Samsung has filed for a patent covering a cellular device that could run another operating system via virtualization. It’s the associated illustration that’s intriguing, while that’s nothing new for the PC sector: an Android cellphone running Windows apps that are virtualized.
The Samsung patent application, reported on MSPowerUser and SamMobile, covers all kinds of digital devices, based on more: smartphones, tablet PCs, notebook computers, and Samsung.
In the world imagined by the patent, the apparatus would be run by the host OS, and the secondary OS would be run basically as a program. The user would have the ability to control the secondary OS via the touchscreen and hardware like computer keyboard and a mouse, and the secondary OS would have the ability to run its own applications.
That’s nothing uncommon for the PC, where virtualization is a tried and true manner of “sandboxing” programs and operating systems to test out their abilities within an environment that is isolated.
In the cellular space, the scenario is reversed: Android, which relies on Linux, powers the vast bulk of Windows apparatus, while Windows 10 Mobile has shriveled to less than 1 percent.
It’s not clear whether Android users really need a full fledged Windows environment running within their smartphone, particularly when many of services and Microsoft’s programs already run on iOS and Android. But variable in legacy Win32 programs, and the notion becomes intriguing.
Although Microsoft is working with its ”Project Centennial” program bridge to its UWP platform to port Win32 programs, possibly hundreds of thousands to millions of programs stay as “legacy” Win32 programs, including line of business programs that are particular to only one firm.
HP has set this into position, after a fashion. HP’s Elite x3 smartphone, which started sending boats with “HP Workspace, Monday,” a virtualized program environment that runs and stores legacy Win32 programs.
Why this matters: Samsung’s patent implies a more fascinating future: combining the most popular smartphone OS with the most popular PC OS, directly on the apparatus. Nevertheless, there will be problems to solve, if it comes to pass. As virtualized programs typically don’t run slower and less efficiently, and hence have access to the full slate of hardware resources used by the host OS a key one will be functionality.
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