Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Aug 2014 21:15 UTC

Earlier today, someone decided to post to the Android issue tracker complaining about the lack of multiuser support for smartphones. Within a few hours, a developer at Google responded and closed the issue, remarking that "the development team has implemented this feature and it will be available as a part of the next public build." Sounds pretty definitive to us.

On tablets, the use case for multiple accounts (of course, Android has always been multiuser) is clear. The device is often shared among family members, so each user having her or his own account is very useful. For smartphones, though, this feature seems more for business use cases than for home user, where most people will have their own phone.

Pretty sure business users are going to love this: one device, two accounts. One for work, one for play.

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Samsung SAFE?
by mbpark on Thu 7th Aug 2014 03:38 UTC
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Where I see this being successful is with something like Samsung SAFE, which provides me with a "Secure" container for items like corporate e-mail on my Galaxy S4.

I could see Google providing secured containers as part of Google Apps for Business, where they could have your corporate email in one, and your personal GMail in a regular container.

I could also see them offering this in conjunction with Samsung for an "enhanced" option requiring two-factor authentication.

Of course, I also see Apple copying this like they did Notification Center.

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