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The mobile phone has become an integral part of any business owners tech toolbox. Unlike other systems however, it has remained a largely physical device. Desktops and servers on the other hand have seen virtualization take hold, and businesses benefit from this. Is there a chance that your smartphone could see virtualization applied to its systems? It very well might do.
Traditional smartphones are individual packages. The operating system and user are physically tied to the device. If you think about it, there are really only a few phones out there, and millions of people probably have the exact same one that you do. They differentiate their phones from others by the pictures, apps, videos, etc. stored on the device and the way they have personalized their phones.
Should you lose your phone, that data is likely lost, and you are faced with a potentially high cost to replace it. The two major operating system developers – Apple (iOS) and Google (Android) – have started to implement virtual backup solutions. Your contacts, apps and some personalization settings are backed up to the cloud and connected with a user account. When you enter the account information, you can quickly get the most important information from your phone back.
Combine this with the various cloud storage services that allow users to store their information, pictures, etc., with access from nearly any device. This integration with the cloud has enabled users to rely less on physical devices, and points to a potential virtualization concept: Non-dedicated devices.
The idea of non-dedicated devices is that you can use any device, regardless of manufacturer or OS, to access a system you can call your own. Imagine if your phone runs out of batteries. You borrow a friend’s, log in using your username and password and that device instantly becomes personalized to you.
Could this work?
There are currently three identifiable virtualization trends that point to non-dedicated mobile devices becoming a reality:
It wouldn’t be hard for an enterprising company to develop a system that integrates these three, already existing functions into a device. The only major stumbling block we can see is that current OS developers don’t necessarily get along all that well. We predict that this virtualization will become a possibility on individual systems (Android and iOS), in the near future, but across systems may take longer.
We’d like to know what you think of non-dedicated devices. Would you use one? Are there any other problems you can foresee? Let us know today.
Published on 5th March 2013 by Jeanne DeWitt.