Google unveils content sharing service - Mobile World Live

Google unveils content sharing service

28 JUL 2016

Google announced Family Library, a platform enabling family members to share eligible apps, games, movies, TV shows or books purchased on its Play Store across multiple devices.

The launch comes two years after Apple launched a similar feature, Family Sharing, for apps and content on iTunes, and will be a free.

It supports up to six different Google Play accounts, and users will also be able to keep selected items private.

Google Play Family Library will be available across Android devices, while movies, TV shows and books can also be accessed via iOS devices and the web.

It also accommodates a shared payment method, with anyone using the account able to make purchases on the Play Store through the main account holder’s payment details. Separate payment methods for each user will also be supported, and for younger users, there is an option to approve purchases.

The service is now available in the US, and will be rolled out in numerous markets, including Australia, Brazil and the UK in the coming days.

The company used the announcement to also promote its Google Play Music Family Plan, which allows six family members to stream songs on demand for $14.99. It said the service is now available in four new markets, Ireland, Italy, Mexico and New Zealand.


Kavit Majithia

Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >>

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