Android 4.2 Multiuser On Smartphones Held Back By Nokia?
Android 4.2 brings a ton of the things many of us have been waiting for. Aside from some flashy lock-screen widgets and some additional quick-settings icons, one of the best features by far is the ability to have multiple user accounts. This is genius. Tablets are now becoming the new “home computer” and these get shared all the time. If your older kids are going on a trip, it’s always great to lend them your top-notch Android smartphone for them to use features like navigation and others. Sadly, Android 4.2 only provides multiple-user support for tablets even if the functionality is built-in to smartphones as well.
It’s still unclear as to why that is, but some area already speculating that Nokia is to blame. The guys at Finland filed a patent in 2005 where they make this feature an exclusive Nokia service, though I don’t think they ever launched a device with the service working. Nokia is highly known for being good licensing their patents, so it could just be that this is just a couple of weeks away after certain negotiations take place.
Now, of course, that won’t stop the developer community from unlocking this feature on Android. We’ve already seen some examples of how this was already done on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, so it’s only a matter of time.