Another Android 4.2 bug: Google Talk only supports one user (in spite of multi-user feature)

November 26, 2012
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After that recent mess where users with December birthdays were left out due to a bug that’s present in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, more people are now starting to find out about yet another problem that affects devices with the latest version of the Android software.

According to numerous reports, Google Talk can’t be used to log in to more than one user account at a time, despite there being a fully functional multi-user feature that’s available for use. Reports of this problem first started appearing online nearly two weeks ago, on November 16th.

To make matters worse, not only does Google Talk not work with multi-user sign in on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, but it can’t even be used with any other Google accounts except the one which is specified as the “owner” on whatever device is being used. So for example, if you have a certain account specified as the owner on a Nexus 7 tablet, you can only use that particular account to sign into Google Talk. Trying to use any other accounts results in the following error message: “This version of Talk can be used only by the owner of the device.”

Many people have reported experiencing this exact same problem with different devices and in fact, a post about it on the Android Google Code site has already garnered a total of 135 stars. It isn’t clear what Google plans to do about it at this point and when it intends to roll out the much needed software fix, but if anything’s clear, it’s that the longer it waits to clear up issues such as this, the more time there is for similar problems to keep popping up.

Thanks, Andrew!

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