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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RE: Why?
by WereCatf on Sat 4th Aug 2012 09:31 UTC in reply to "Why?"
WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

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?"
p13. Member since:
2005-07-10

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[3]: Why?
by WereCatf on Sat 4th Aug 2012 11:43 in reply to "RE[2]: Why?"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Well, even if you don't see the need for that it's still one of the most-often requested features. Just to throw a few links at you I'll offer these: http://www.slashgear.com/android-multi-user-support-uncovered-in-je... , http://www.androidannoyances.com/post/84 , http://mobilesyrup.com/2012/07/30/multi-user-support-could-be-comin... , http://www.androidauthority.com/multi-user-support-coming-soon-to-a... , http://androidcommunity.com/multi-user-accounts-coming-to-android-t... and so on. You can find comments from people asking for this dating all the way to 2010.

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RE[3]: Why?
by No it isnt on Sat 4th Aug 2012 13:32 in reply to "RE[2]: Why?"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

You seriously think sharing your email and IM accounts with your whole family is a good idea? Put it like this: there's not a single compelling case for a single user environment on a tablet, it's harmful and stupid, whereas multi-user is known to actually work.

Of course there's a compelling case for it.

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RE[3]: Why?
by phoenix on Sun 5th Aug 2012 09:08 in reply to "RE[2]: Why?"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

One word: schools.

School buys 30 tablets, gives them to the socials teacher, who wants to use them with his 4 socials classes. IOW, 4 separate users will be using the tablets.

In a perfect world, each user would have their own, separate account on the tablet, with separate home folders for storing their files, separate e-mail accounts, etc.

Currently, it is next to impossible for students to propely share tablets. iOS, especially, is inherently single-user, to the point of being locked into a single AppleID and e-mail account. Teachers across our district are discovering that tablets are not 'extra portable computers'. Instead, they are single-user, unshareable devices.

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