With this app, Google wants to get children to adopt Android while reassuring parents.
In March 2017, Google was offering a few "happy few" to test Family Link, a parental control app for Android devices. The Mountain View firm is releasing in the end of September the beta and widening the audience of its app.
With Family Link, parents can control all activities on a tablet or smartphone they gave to their child. Once the Google account of the child is created, Family Link allows you to approve or block the apps that their cherub wants to install from the Google Play Store and how long it passes in front of the screen. But that's not all. Parents can also set up timetables according to the nature of the content concerned (games, educational content, videos, etc.) and to lock the child's device remotely at various times during the day class, homework or bedtime for example).
Family Link, on the other hand, does not include a widespread content filtering option like some parental control applications, but still allows you to control filtering options in Google apps, such as Google Search and Chrome.
Finally, in order for Family Link to work, the child's device has to run on Android Nougat (some devices under Marshmallow, such as Sony Xperia X, Samsung Galaxy Tab A and LG K3, are also compatible) less on Android Kit Kat or iOS 9. Yes, the app can also be installed on an iPhone.
It is the Americans who will be able to benefit first of Family Link because, as the site indicates, it is necessary to indicate an address in the United States at the opening of the account. But the app should arrive soon in France because the page of presentation has already been translated in the language of Molière.
This is not the first time that Google is trying to seduce the younger. They are obviously customers of tomorrow and its also a force of proposal in the homes. The company launched YouTube Kids, which offers only video programs for children under 10 and offers some tools to control parents in 2015 and more recently Toontastic 3D, an app that allows children to create small cartoons in 3D.