Sep 16 AT 1:33 PM Dima Aryeh 13 Comments

Samsung to add multi-user support to tablets with 4.2

Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 8

Google introduced multi-user support for tablets back in the Android 4.2 update, but we haven’t seen it on any popular products so far. Samsung sells a lot of tablets, but none of them have had multi-user enabled, despite running Android 4.2. Adoption of this awesome feature has been strangely low, but that’s about to change.

Looking at beta firmwares for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8 and Tab 3 10.1, multi-user is enabled. This means that Samsung will update the two tablets with the feature finally enabled, but we don’t know when that will happen. This also means that other tablets will probably get the feature too, like the Galaxy Note 8.0 (which will hopefully get 4.2 soon).

While running beta firmware is often risky, you can find ROMs with multi-window on XDA for many Samsung tablets. However, an official update will provide you with the functionality, which is awesome. Many families will benefit greatly from this feature (I use it all the time). Hopefully it’ll come soon!

Source: SamMobile

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • vitriolix

    “we haven’t seen it on any popular products so far.”

    Uh… The Nexus 7 is mighty popular

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      My apologies, I meant besides the Nexus 7 and 10. I was trying to reference non-Nexus tablets.

  • zedthegreat

    I think it is a disgrace that this has not been enabled on product (Samsung or anyone else). This isn’t not adding a feature, but a deliberate move to remove functionality to make sure that multiple products have to be bought. Whilst it is good Samsung is making up for this, it is only righting a wrong…. (end of rant, I just hate being done over. You can say “don’t buy one then….and I haven’t!)

  • Musicman

    It looks like Samsung , although it is a sterling company, has some serious catching up to do with Google!

  • Jeroen

    Any news on this topic?

    I recently bought a tab3, installed the latest updates, but still without the multi user feature. I`m in doubt whether I should wait or install an app from the play store….