LG Electronics has created a version of its Android-based Optimus Vu smartphone that offers business users a secure device without affecting their personal information. It’s based on the US version of the Optimus Vu - known as the Intuition - and has been created in partnership with Verizon Wireless and VMWare.
The device offers what LG describes as ‘Privacy and Business (P&B) Virtualization’ and is intended for companies that have a ‘bring your own device’ policy. According to LG, the VMWare solution splits the operating system in half, allowing the user to install and use their own data and applications while running a secure IT-controlled environment for business applications.
Boaz Chalamish, senior vice president and general manager of End-User Computing at VMware, said “LG and VMware are addressing the challenges IT departments face every day due to BYOD and the consumerization of IT. Creating a separate virtual workspace on a mobile device enables IT to provide security and control, while also reducing the burden and liability of managing the entire device. This approach strikes the best balance between addressing IT security needs and end-user freedom.”
LG already plans to offer P&B Virtualization on more of its mobile devices in the future.