Today, we analyze an application of Android that allows you to run two instances of the same application completely isolated from each other. Whether it’s making sure one Android app doesn’t read data from the other, having two different accounts for messaging apps (like WhatsApp and Instagram), or playing the same game with two different accounts, islands it can remedy many restrictions imposed by the manufacturer of your smartphone or Android.
It is quite common to have, and easy to get, a second phone number, even without owning a dual SIM mobile phone. Whether you need it to keep your work and personal life separate or to foster two different personalities for different kinds of friends, a second number can come in handy. Many smartphones already have “dual app” features to help separate messages for both numbers, but such features are not without their flaws.
Traditional app cloning tools are plagued with various functionality issues, from limited storage access to cloud storage sync issues. These problems, at best, can worry users; At worst, they discourage people from using dual-app features altogether.
Meanwhile, many apps in Google Play Store they claim to add dual app functionality if your Android smartphone or tablet doesn’t inherently support it. However, to reap the benefits of this feature, you must be prepared to deal with frequent app crashes, simply because most app cloners just run a Progressive Web App (PWA) instead of installing a second instance of the app. that you want to duplicate. This is where Island sets itself apart.
Another phone inside your phone
The name Island is a metaphor for the app operating in a discrete space away from the phone’s main facility, or “mainland.” To do this, Island runs alternate instances of the application using a mechanism called a sandbox. A sandbox virtual is a separate environment from the main system where applications inside and outside of it do not interact with each other.
Island is created by Feng Oasiswho has previously developed applications, including NevolutionYGreenifythe latest of which has over 10 million downloads.
Once you install Island from Google Play Store and open it, you will be guided through the initial setup process. Once your profile is set up, you can clone any app by tapping on the name from the mainland and then the button + on the bottom. You will be asked if you want to download a fresh copy from the Google Play Store or clone the installation package from your existing installation. Once cloned, the second instance of the app will appear in the tab titled Islandas well as in the app drawer atjob applications.
When you start a cloned app for the first time, you’ll be asked to sign in to an account, which can’t be accessed outside of Work apps. All your data, including contacts, will be separate from your personal apps and will not be shared. So if you need to share contacts, you will need to clone the Contacts app and save or sync the phone numbers again.
You can also remove the island space entirely by tapping on the three-dot button, then go to Settings > Scope Settings > Island > Destroy Permanently.
How Island helps me solve dual app issues
Island is a fascinating app that has helped me get more out of my phone and use it more fully. Here are some of my favorite reasons and ways to enjoy the app:
get rid of mistakes
The app’s dual features are plagued with annoying issues, ranging from trouble creating a second version to access limited,problems of storage and the inability to use essential services like Google Drive backup. Island gets around that by installing the same app on an isolated partition on the storage.
For example, you have two WhatsApps installed on your phone, one on the mainland and one on the island. These two instances cannot interact or access each other’s chats, media, or stickers. Now, because they don’t share common storage or use the same Google services framework, they don’t interfere with each other’s work, thus eliminating any chance of bugs.
Separate work and personal life apps
All superheroes need time off from work, whether they’re wearing capes or not. Since the pandemic, there has been an ever-widening movement around separating our personal and professional lives, which has become even more critical for those still working from home. By working through your work profile, Island allows you to have separate versions of the chat apps. When you’re done with work for the day, you can set the work profile to turn off on a schedule or do it manually. Alternatively, when working, you can selectively mute notifications from non-working apps, thanks to separate versions built with Island.
But you don’t need to use Island to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Instead, you can use it to pursue and maintain a secret second life, unaffected by peer pressure, social pressure, or parental expectations. Just don’t use it for anything illegal, remember you’re better than that!
Experience the same app in different ways
Many apps, especially social media, allow you to sign in with multiple accounts, but this may not be the case with all apps. Sometimes you can enjoy an app or game so much that you want to enjoy it all over again without losing your progress.
I use Island to discover new features in apps by comparing two versions or installing the beta version along with the regular version. But you can use Island for more exciting endeavors, like playing storytelling games again but with a different strategy or a different character, or revisiting older Spanish lessons with Duolingo without resetting your achievements.
An app to improve all my other apps
Not everyone needs Island, but if you’re like me and often find yourself needing multiple copies of the same app, it’s the best solution I’ve found.
But is any of this safe? Because you have to log into system apps and back into your Google account for Island apps, this might alarm some who might feel that this data is visible to and exploited by the developer.
Actually, the Android for Work framework controls this data segregation. Oasis Feng, the creator of the app, tells us: “The Android framework ensures that even the DPC app [Device Policy Controller], [Island en este caso], cannot access user data (including Google account) and application data. In some special cases, such as the ‘security audit’ that provides security logs to the DPC application, Android also ensures that DPC cannot perform it without the consent of the end user.
Second, Island is an open source application, and its source code is available at GitHub. This means that any other developer can view, analyze, or replicate your code to find security flaws or create a spin-off.
When you combine the secure guarantees with how well Island works, it ends up being a killer app, and one I don’t see myself living with anytime soon.