Nokia N800 runs Android in VMware: Video Demo

Feb 26, 2009
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Nokia's N800 Internet Tablet has been many things, but it's not normally a platform for running VMware.  Just because nobody does, though, it doesn't mean they couldn't: at the VMworld Europe 2009 expo, the N800 was demonstrated running Google's Android platform in VMware.

Video demo after the cut

That allows you to run concurrent operating systems - which could be the same or different - on the same device, keeping not only personal and business contacts, calendars and calls separate, but even different browsers, IM clients and other software.  The N800 has a 320MHz ARM CPU and 256MB of flash storage; each VM only occupies around 40MB, leaving plenty of space for data files.

You probably wouldn't want to run a desktop OS on the N800, but the possibility of having a few mobile platforms on there is tempting.  That way you could keep Windows Mobile, say, for its enterprise and Exchange compatibility, together with Android for its more consumer-friendly functionality.

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/3363448[/vimeo]

[tip o' the hat to s_constantine]


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