New Google Family Library Feature Lets Users Share Play Purchases
The feature allows users to share video, ebooks, apps and games with up to six family members.People who purchase a movie, TV show, book or mobile app via Google Play can now share it with up to six family members without having to pay any additional fees, courtesy a new "Family Library" feature that Google announced this week. The feature will become available starting this week in a dozen countries, including the United States, UK, France, Germany, Canada and Australia. It will let users share their Google Play purchases across any device that runs Google apps, including Android, iOS and desktop systems. To get started, users simply sign up for the Family Library option and establish one individual as a Family Manager, or administrator, for the account. The administrator is required to enter a credit card number to cover any purchases made via Google Play. But individual members of the family group will have the ability to use their own credit cards. For minors and younger family members, the Family Manager will have the ability to approve purchases or to block them from viewing age inappropriate content. The family administrator also has the ability to decide whether or not to share his or her Google Play purchases with others.
"With Family Library, you can choose which items you want to share and which to keep to yourself," said Raj Iyengar, a product manager at Google Play in a blog post. "Today's families have a lot of devices, and it should be easy to share content no matter where we are or what we're doing."