Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 4th Aug 2012 00:54 UTC
Google This tweet from Tom Warren made me smile. So, it's 2012 and tablets are finally able to do what the Amiga did in 1985. Seems like a bit of a stretch to be excited about that, right? Sure, until I caught myself getting excited - only a bit, but still - by this piece of news. Update: removed me being an annoyed child.
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by p13. on Sat 4th Aug 2012 08:32 UTC
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I'm sure some will say they absolutely need this.
I just don't think it's very useful at all. A phone is inherently "single-user". You don't share a smartphone with many people. As for the whole "work/play" thing ... you don't need multi-user for that. Decently implemented profiles could take care of that.

I just hope they don't start using ACLs on the filesystem (even if it is just POSIX ACLs) because i see many an opportunity for bugs and weird behavior.

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RE: Why?
by WereCatf on Sat 4th Aug 2012 09:31 in reply to "Why?"
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A phone is inherently "single-user".

You totally missed the word "tablet" in there, didn't you? Tablets are often shared among family members, you know.

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RE[2]: Why?
by p13. on Sat 4th Aug 2012 11:31 in reply to "RE: Why?"
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Even there, it would be of limited use.
I'm sorry, but i just don't see a compelling case for it.

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RE: Why?
by nefer on Sun 5th Aug 2012 05:56 in reply to "Why?"
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I also don't think multi user capabilities on a phone will have widespread use. Its already hard enough for some users to let them use multi-user on a computer, let alone on a phone. :-)

For tablets it does make sense where the tablet is shared.

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RE: Why?
by Lobotomik on Mon 6th Aug 2012 09:56 in reply to "Why?"
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I would like to point out that while I agree that a cellphone is over 99% personal, it is that what makes control of the remaining 1% extremely important.

Every now and people are forced to lend their device to a coworker/little-daughter/significant-other, for a phone call, or a quick check of the internet, or a pacifying game of Plants vs. Zombies or Cut the Rope. I don't doubt that your own device is squeaky clean of anything questionable, but maybe I would not like to spoil a surprise present to my significant other by being caught browsing jewellery pages, or letting my 6-year old nephew read a stored watsapp chat revealing that Santa is just a fiction.

Even if your moral fiber can defy Mother Theresa's, you might not want to let your little son change the backgrounds, shift the icons, delete your pics or read your email.

I find it hard to accept that it has already taken so long to offer a guest mode in every smartphone. Don't Apple engineers have any concept of privacy? Now, about Google engineers... I won't bother ask the same question.

Edited 2012-08-06 09:58 UTC

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RE: Why?
by zima on Sat 11th Aug 2012 23:59 in reply to "Why?"
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A phone is inherently "single-user"

Sharing of mobile phones is quite common in some areas, existing multi-user capabilities of phones are already widely used.

For example
In parts of the world, mobile phone sharing is common. It is prevalent in urban India, as families and groups of friends often share one or more mobiles among their members. There are obvious economic benefits, but often familial customs and traditional gender roles play a part.[39] For example, in Burkina Faso, it is not uncommon for a village to have access to only one mobile phone. The phone is typically owned by a person who is not natively from the village, such as a teacher or missionary, but it is expected that other members of the village are allowed to use the cell phone to make necessary calls.[40]

And if you'd go to and search for (IIRC) Nokia 1280 for example (not the only one, there are "higher" models like that; or search some keywords around mobile phones and developing world, emerging markets, the next billion), you'd see that many phones can have few separate accounts for contacts, messages, call management timers and counters - specifically to be shared.

Yes, it's not exactly about what we think of as smartphones, but a) what is a smartphone, anyway? (inexpensive, sub-40€ without contract, S40 phones also have apps, are also used for browsing: ) b) Android will trickle down to price brackets in question (and there are still cultural factors)

Edited 2012-08-12 00:19 UTC

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