VirtualBox on Android

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VirtualBox on Android

Postby Etepetete » 16. Feb 2011, 08:39

I just read this report about VMWare on Android and was wondering if Oracle has plans for developing a VirtualBox version for that platform.
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Re: VirtualBox on Android

Postby sej7278 » 16. Feb 2011, 13:10

Etepetete wrote:I just read this report about VMWare on Android and was wondering if Oracle has plans for developing a VirtualBox version for that platform.


the vmware stuff is highly misleading - its not virtualisation at all as far as i can see, more like running an overlay in a container.

the chips used in even the highest-end android devices have no hardware vt-x or x86 instruction set, so virtualbox is never going to work.
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Re: VirtualBox on Android

Postby Etepetete » 16. Feb 2011, 16:29

Thanks for your reply. VMWare calls it "VMware MVP (Mobile Virtualization Platform)". Trying to get information is only possible when calling (I'm not in the States so no go) or giving them personal contact information. So, if it is "real" virtualization or not is out of my scope. I also know that Smart phones are not x86 architecture. My question is, does Oracle plan on developing a virtualization solution for Android (it is based on a Linux kernel, isn't it?), or better, for smart phones in general? A "yes", "no" or a "maybe" from an Oracle representative would suffice to quell the thirst of my curiosity.
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Re: VirtualBox on Android

Postby Sasquatch » 17. Feb 2011, 23:54

I doubt they will move to the hand-held market, unless there is a high demand for it. So far, virtualisation is quite heavy on power consumption. A laptop that would normally run 3 hours without a VM would now run 2 or even 1 hour, depending on the use of the VM (idle vs working). When I run a VM, I notice that the battery drains faster, even if I just create a VPN connection to my work and start a remote desktop session.
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Re: VirtualBox on Android

Postby rezarose » 18. Jul 2011, 19:49

Yes, we need a virtual box for android. Yes, Yes. Please proceed.
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Re: VirtualBox on Android

Postby Arkas000 » 8. Mar 2012, 18:18

I hope to see an Android version of VirtualBox for my tf101
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Re: VirtualBox on Android

Postby Martin » 8. Mar 2012, 18:22

Virtualbox only runs on Intel compatible CPU.
Most Android devices are using ARM processors (like the Nvidia Tegra) which are not Intel compatible.
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Re: VirtualBox on Android

Postby mpack » 8. Mar 2012, 18:31

Yes, the claim in the first message is potentially misleading.

There is a version of Android which has been ported to Intel x86. It would presumably be possible (though not sensible) to implement VMWare (or VirtualBox) on an Android-x86 host, however anyone assuming that this would allow them to run Vista on their mobile phone would be... sadly mistaken. As mentioned, most mobile devices seem to use ARM cores, and the ARM instruction set is nothing like Intel x86.
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Re: VirtualBox on Android

Postby stefan.becker » 8. Mar 2012, 20:12

Thats not the omnly problem.

Else if there is such software. But with such CPUs and less RAM this makes absolutly no sense.

You will only be able to emulate a dead pc in real time.
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Re: VirtualBox on Android

Postby perspectoff » 16. Mar 2012, 22:42

Ubuntu announced that it has enabled its OS to be run directly on Android devices. You therefore do not need a separate VirtualBox virtual machine to run Ubuntu Linux within Android.
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Re: VirtualBox on Android

Postby DeGarcen » 14. Aug 2012, 22:36

perspectoff wrote:Ubuntu announced that it has enabled its OS to be run directly on Android devices. You therefore do not need a separate VirtualBox virtual machine to run Ubuntu Linux within Android.

ok but I would like to run windows applications on a smartphone, say for example service repair applications or such.
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Re: VirtualBox on Android

Postby DeGarcen » 14. Aug 2012, 22:42

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Re: VirtualBox on Android

Postby stefan.becker » 14. Aug 2012, 23:36

Thats great. Then its possible to start Qemu with x86 and install Windows Vista on a Mobile Phone. And in Vista you can install Qemu with PwerPC and a MacOS inside.
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Re: VirtualBox on Android

Postby ucrasher » 15. Aug 2012, 00:03

Wow, and it will boot in just 10 hours :-)
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Re: VirtualBox on Android

Postby stefan.becker » 15. Aug 2012, 01:00

You are sure its so fast?
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