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Mobile Virtualization

What Does Mobile Virtualization Mean?

Mobile virtualization refers to the partitioning of mobile hardware into various logical components and devices. In general, virtualization involves splitting hardware machines into logical pieces to distribute processing power, memory and more.


Techopedia Explains Mobile Virtualization

Like other kinds of hardware virtualization, mobile virtualization uses a "hypervisor" as a central tool to run virtual devices. Multiple operating systems can be installed on the same mobile device to promote multifunctionality.

Mobile virtualization allows for the partitioning of devices to support the IT policy of "bring your own device" (BYOD), which allows employees to use their own phones and mobile devices for business purposes. With mobile virtualization, the user’s own personal device can run on one operating system and a company-issued device can run on another, effectively splitting up business and personal data and promoting better corporate security.

Mobile virtualization increases what mobile devices can do. It pushes the boundaries of the industry. It also pushes for a more effective use of mobile networks and is likely going to be a major part of innovation in this field as companies explore advances in mobile technologies.


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