The Mobile Virtual Platform (MVP) hypervisor that VMware sells for smartphones and fondleslabs running the Android variant of Linux on ARM RISC processors is getting some competition. Intrepid techies are working away on two different implementations of the open source Xen hypervisor for ARM chips, and another group is putting together a KVM hypervisor port as well.
Unlike the MVP hypervisor, which is a type two or hosted virtualizer, these Xen and KVM hypervisors are type one or bare-metal hypervisors that will be appealing to server makers pondering the possibilities of ARM-based machines. VMware rebranded MVP, which it got through its acquisition of Trango three years ago, VMware Horizon Mobile back in August, but everyone still calls it MVP.
The software is being demonstrated on schizophones that have a primary personality running in the host Android environment and a guest phone personality in the guest Android image running inside MVP.