Google has finally added Family Functionality to a majority of its products. The newly introduced Family Group will let Google users share calendars, photos, notes and subscriptions to content like the Google Play Music with their family members. Family Group will support six members, and the admin will be able to create/manage the account for the members. One can also setup parental settings for accounts of those under 13. The best part is that parents can approve/disapprove the Google Play purchase requests.
The products that come under the ambit of the Family Sharing include Google Play Family Library, Play Music family plan and also YouTube TV. In the recent Google I/O the company had announced some collaborative features for the Google Photos, one wherein you can share your entire Photo Gallery with family members. The functionality also extends to Keep and Calendar allowing Family members to access shared events, reminders and lists.
Google is also baking in a new sharing button for the Photos which will allow family members to share the photos instantaneously. The Family feature for the Google Photos, Calendar and Keep will be rolling out for Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, UK and the United States. In case the feature is not yet available for your region you can try sideloading an API. Also, one can create a family group by heading over to this link.
That being said, I have been using the Apple’s family sharing feature for quite some time, and Google is late to the party. Apple allows up to six members in its family account, and the sharing is spread across iCloud, Apple Music and other iTunes purchases. In a nutshell, the Family sharing feature on any platform is expected to be down the cost of services and also allow the users to collaborate in a much more intuitive manner.