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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One for work, one for home...
by unixfish on Thu 7th Aug 2014 11:16 UTC
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Many IT departments will supply a single device for an on-call group. Multiple accounts would be great for that; each on-call staff can have their own account, contacts, etc.

Of course, this paradigm is going away. It used to be support staff got a company owned phone. Then it went to just a monthly stipend so you can use your own phone. Then the stipend disappeared. Then reimbursement for internet - which is required for your job - disappeared. Now, companies are telling us we need to have a smart phone, a data plan that will cover the company's needs, and we have to let our employer install their applications on our phone for their benefit - all at our expense.

Gotta admin - this struck a nerve...

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