Having a bag of jelly beans can be said to be full of surprises, especially when each color has a different kind of flavor within. Suffice to say, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean lives up to its namesake somewhat when it contains hidden surprises that can be accessed through arcane means, and one of them would be multiple user support. This would enable someone to be able to share a tablet or smartphone with other folks within the same household, where each person can configure the home screen and install the apps that they want, in addition to having their own personalized background, widgets and accounts – making it feel as though your Android 4.1 Jelly Bean device is like a mini desktop computer.

Why is it not accessible to the majority of the users out there? For starters, you will need to have the intestinal fortitude to root your device, followed by installing a custom ROM, in order to find your way to a multi-user support version. So far, this process has been tested on the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Asus Transformer TF101 with varying degrees of success, and there is one major drawback to this implementation – the secondary user accounts are unable to do much, and information will leak in from the primary account.

Perhaps Google has multiple user profiles in store for a future version of Android?

Filed in Cellphones. Read more about Android and Jelly Bean (Android).

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