Back at their I/O conference, Google announced that they’ll be bringing family plans on Android’s Play Store allowing users to share purchases with other people, something Apple introduced earlier in 2014. The feature is finally been made official with a public rollout planned for selected countries this month.
Family Library, as Google calls it, works fairly straightforward – Everyone in the group will be able to benefit from a single purchase that can be a book, app, game or movie shared by the account holder who also has the control to send out invites, remove and edit shared content. The group can withhold a maximum of six members and unlike Google’s Play Music family plans that cost $14.99, sharing on Play store is entirely free of charge. Although you’ll need to store credit card information for future transactions that’ll be accessible to everyone. This definitely raises concerns for an environment with kids as they can misuse and buy something worthless or spend unnecessarily on in-app purchases. Fortunately, Google has got you covered as users residing in age groups from 13 to 17 will have to get the acquisition approved by the admin and furthermore, the parent will also receive a receipt acknowledging the buyer’s name and item details.
To get started, you’ll need to create a family library on the play store and add a credit card during the setup process itself. Once that’s done, the moderator can add five more participants and share titles among them. More details for the same can be found here. Friends can definitely not use it as the card details will be directly available to everyone. Google will be initially rolling out this feature to countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom and the United States at the end of this month. It’s good to see Google’s play store store finally catching up to Apple’s implementation after two years.