Multi-user accounts on an Android device is something that users have been longing for. Having multiple user support is something that personal computers have had for quite some time now, thus it only makes sense for it to finally be implemented into Android phones, and most importantly, Android tablets. Thanks to some digging by one of CyanogenMod’s finest developers ciwrl, it seems as if Google has left some “bits and crumbs” of code within Android AOSP (Android Open Source Project) suggesting that multi-user accounts will eventually make its way into Android.
If you’re not familiar with Android’s AOSP, anyone can look through the various commits (a code pushed to the code repository) that are pushed into AOSP at any time. It’s also important to note that every time you push a commit into the repository, the publisher must add a comment as to what the newly pushed code does and what it is going to accomplish. In this case, Google coders themselves have been pushing commits that caught ciwrl’s attention because it has given indication that Google is slowly preparing, or implementing, multiple user accounts into Android for the past year.
While it’s great to see that Google has started to implement this, it’s most likely far from finished and probably won’t be available until at least the next firmware after Jelly Bean. There’s still much to be done as adding something this big needs a large testing phase. Google will also have to create the necessary UI for this, one that will be easy for users to switch between user agents. Perhaps a user agent screen where one can pick their user name, avatar, and settings much like the conventional laptop or desktop computer.
Ron Amadeo from Android Police has put together a nice over view of the commits that ciwrl found and explained how every one of them is geared towards multi-user accounts. If you would like to read more about this, you should definitely hit up the source link for much more information. Would this be something you guys are excited about?
source: Android Police