Google has introduced Family Library, which allows up to six family members to share purchases on Google Play Store. Users can share apps, games, movies, TV shows and books with their family members. These can be shared with family members across several Android device including smartphones, tablets, laptops and TV as well as iOS devices and the web. Google will not charge an additional sign-up fee for the same.
“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,” said Raj Iyengar, Product Manager, Google Play.
With Family Library, Google is giving users an option to choose which items they want to share and which to keep to themselves. Iyengar says, “For example, I’ll probably keep my collection of comic books in my personal library.” Users will have an option of buying things with their personal cards or gift cards, even when they select a card to share as their family payment method. Younger members of a family will have the option to approve each of their purchases.
Users can also subscribe to Google Play Music family plan to share music. “On this plan, up to six family members can stream millions of songs on demand for $14.99 a month,” says Iyengar. While the family plan was introduced late last year, it is now expanding it to Ireland, Italy, Mexico, and New Zealand. Users can sign up for the Google Family Plan on the web apart from Android device.
Starting today, Google Family Library will be rolled out over the next few days in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. Apple introduced its family sharing feature two years back for content on iTunes. Similar to Google Family Library, Apple’s family sharing feature is also free.