Android L bringing multi-user support for phones?

Android L bringing multi-user support for phones?We mentioned the Android Issue Tracker back in November 2012, when it materialised that Google would finally address one particular issue (an admittedly minor one) some 2.5 years after it was raised.

Here in space year 2014AD, we’re seeing an Android issue raised and closed in the space of a few hours. Now that’s more like it!

Under “Enable multi-user on phone type devices” (Issue 1017), some chap bemoaned the lack of individual user accounts on Android phones, pointing out that the functionality already exists on Android tablets.

“Tablets are able to have multiple accounts for multiple users, allowing the users to install an app only for themselfes,” begins the chap. “Storage space of phones is growing, 32GB or even 64GB.

“For example, some families are sharing their phones with their kids for gaming. On a tablet, you can set up an account for your kids and restrict the access on your own apps.

“My idea is to enable the multi-user feature on phone type devices, with adding an extra restricted account type for kids.”

In less than three hours, a member of the Google team jumped in and closed the issue, explaining: “The development team has implemented this feature and it will be available as a part of the next public build.” Presumably that means Android L.

Well, that was quick. And I just want a million dollars! (Bonus points up for grabs if you get the reference).

via: Android Police

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krogothnx  Aug. 7, 2014 at 13:08

It's been possible for yonks anyway if you really want to, done it many times myself. (at least on CM, not tried other roms.)

So good they're making it easier.

nickmax  Aug. 7, 2014 at 14:37

I have little interest in the main topic here, but I would like to claim bonsu points with the "million dollars" reference which relates to Chandler in Friends who says he wants to be married again in whcih point Rachel walks into the coffee shop wearing a wet wedding dress. Chandler then exclaims again that he wants a million dollars hoping that would come true.

lcurdie / MOD  Aug. 7, 2014 at 20:06

It was actually Ross who says he wants to be married again, but I'm quite sure you knew that, and simply made a typo on account of being dead excited about the bonus points.

They are, of course, yours. Enjoy spending them (cash value 0.00p).


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