Android L
Screenshot of Android L Developer Preview running on Nexus 4.

Google's Android L that was officially showcased way back at the company's I/O Developers Conference this year, has been the subject of intense rumour mills even before its official release.

One major feature that users are eager to test (once the OS officially rolls out) is the 'Material Design' interface that promises comparatively better ease of use, along with effective operation of the device running Android L.

Now, another major functionality viz the 'multi-user' mode is also expected within Android L.

'Multi User' mode is expected to be prevalent on Android L driven smartphones, which means that multiple user accounts can be created to use the Android L smartphone.

Multi-User mode within future Android smartphones could indeed be a reality when we examine one of the recent posts in the 'Android Developer Preview' developer forum.

In the developer forum, a Google project team member clearly gives enough indications regarding the 'multiple user-multiple account' concept in smartphones, and also clearly states that this aspect has already been implemented by Google's development team, within the next Android public build release.

This means that users can look forward to the multiple user multiple accounts functionality, in Android-L driven smartphones.

A notable aspect here is that Google supported multi-user functionality in its now outdated Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS, albeit only for tablets.

However, multi-user mode in tablets came with its own set of issues. It consumed more storage area thus leaving little room for apps to run within the device.

But, with changing times and even more rapidly changing technology, multi-user mode can practically be implemented within smartphones. Also, with latest smartphones known to possess enormous storage area (in the range of 32GB, 64GB), and with high-end devices being incorporated with a significant amount of RAM (required for smooth functioning of Android L), multi-user mode within smartphones seems a potential winner.

Multi-user mode comes with a set of advantages, and the functionality looks custom-made for business users who can virtually separate work files from personal files within smartphones.

Also, with the multi-user mode, it is also possible for parents to monitor how/what their children view on smartphones, thereby exerting parental control.