Rapid Smartphone evolution has been a given in recent years as company after company releases new phones with better Internet connectivity, more functionality and ways to have the phone double or triple as another device. Now, a new smartphone debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) may give users the ability to load up a familiar desktop with no more than the need for a cradle and screen.
The Motorola Atrix is the first 4G smartphone developed with a built-in Hypervisor courtesy of Citrix Systems. The idea behind the in-phone Hypervisor is not to have the user attempt to run a virtual machine on the tiny screen of their laptop, but instead to provide a way for a Windows or Linux environment to be run on the phone and then projected onto a standard monitor or screen. To do so would require a special cradle and connection but no other special technological gimmicks, giving the Atrix the potential to change the way that PCs get carried around.
Citrix hopes that their mobile Hypervisor will be used by a variety of smartphones including the Blackberry, iPhone and Android, and will support both Windows 7 and Linux clients.
In an office environment, the eventual solution would be to have cubicles equipped only with monitors and cradles; all server data and OS data would be handled directly by smartphones, eliminating the need for bulky desktops or laptops.
As the next step in the virtualization path, Hypervisor smartphones seem a natural evolution. Though security and accessibility challenges will inevitably occur, this may be a viable way to leave the PC behind no matter where a user goes, and a way to increase the mobility of VPS clients on a large scale.