Why this matters: Samsung’s patent suggests a more interesting future: combining the most popular smartphone OS with the most popular PC OS, directly on the device. Even if it comes to pass, however, there will still be issues to solve. A key one will be performance, as virtualized apps usually don’t have access to the full slate of hardware resources otherwise used by the host OS, and thus run slower and less effectively. Still, millions of users continue to turn to PCs, rather than their Android devices, to get intensive work done. A virtualized Windows space would help narrow that gap.
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