ANDROID USERMANAGER.ISUSERAGOAT() USE CASE

Samuel Fernandes

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I was looking at the new APIs introduced in Android 4.2. While looking at the UserManager class I came across the following method:
public boolean isUserAGoat ()

Used to determine whether the user making this call is subject to teleportations.

Returns whether the user making this call is a goat.


How and when should this be used?
  1. Mayank Tripathi

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    Re: Android UserManager.isUserAGoat() use case

    From their source, the method used to return false until it was changed in API 21.

    /**
     * Used to determine whether the user making this call is subject to
     * teleportations.
     * @return whether the user making this call is a goat 
     */
    public boolean isUserAGoat() {
        return false;
    }
    It looks like the method has no real use for us as developers. Someone has previously stated that it might be an Easter egg.


    Edit:

    In API 21 the implementation was changed to check if there is an installed app with the package com.coffeestainstudios.goatsimulator

    /**
     * Used to determine whether the user making this call is subject to
     * teleportations.
     *
     * <p>As of {@link android.os.Build.VERSION_CODES#LOLLIPOP}, this method can
     * now automatically identify goats using advanced goat recognition technology.</p>
     *
     * @return Returns true if the user making this call is a goat.
     */
    public boolean isUserAGoat() {
        return mContext.getPackageManager()
                .isPackageAvailable("com.coffeestainstudios.goatsimulator");
    }
    Here is the updated source link : https://android.googlesource.com/platform/frameworks/base/+/android-5.0.0_r6/core/java/android/os/UserManager.java 

      Modified On Apr-23-2015 07:43:04 AM

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