It will soon be possible to create multiple user accounts on a single Android smartphone, it's been confirmed.
Adding more than one account is feature that has been available on Android tablets for some time now. It allows users to lock out certain apps and functions for each account.
It's perfect for parents who like to hand their tablets over to their kids on a long journey, but don't want to give them access to the internet or violent games (to name two examples).
Android phone users, however, have always had to go without this feature. Google reckoned that it hadn't figured out how to handle incoming calls with multiple users attributed to a single phone.
According to an Android project member - a Google employee, no less - the company has evidently come to a solution for this issue. The next public version of the Android OS will add multiple user account capabilities for phone users.
"The development team has implemented this feature and it will be available as a part of the next public build," wrote the team member in reply to a recent Android issue tracker post.
Of course, this statement is open to a certain amount of interpretation. We now know that this feature is coming, but when exactly? Does this Google employee mean the next update to Android 4.4 KitKat - the current version - or the next major version, Android 5.0 L, which will launch later this year?
Impatient parents will have to wait a little longer for an answer, it seems.