Virtualization technology lets you do nifty things on a desktop computer, like install and run Windows on a Mac or Linux computer for those must-have apps that just aren’t available on your preferred platform. But the folks at LG and VMware are convinced that there’s a place for virtualization technology on mobile phones as well.

Imagine this: You’ve got an Android phone for your personal use and it’s filled with your personal contacts, games, and other apps. It’s tied to your personal email account, and you wouldn’t normally think of using it for business. On the other hand, you don’t exactly want to carry around two separate phones.

VMware’s solution means you don’t have to, because you can simply launch an app to load a virtual Android account which has all of your work apps, contacts, and other information. This allows you to keep your work and professional life separate on your phone.

LG plans to enable this feature on LG smartphones starting in 2011. If you don’t really use your phone for work, then virtualization might not be a big selling point. But the move could make LG phones a lot more attractive to corporate customers.

Engadget has posted the demo video of the technology in action, which you can check out after the break.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...