Google already provides family-based sharing of games, movies, music, TV and apps, and now it is bringing this functionality to its Calendar, YouTube TV, Photos and Keep services as well. This new functionality brings the existing functions together and adds additional apps under one heading.
Making it easier to share with family
The Google Play Music family plan already allows users and five family members to access the service by using their own devices for just $14.99 per month (compared to $9.99 for the individual plan). Users are also allowed to share Play Store purchases, including movies, apps, books, TV shows and games, with over five family members through the Library for no additional price, notes Thurrott.
Expanding this family-based sharing functionality, Google’s Families option now enables a user to send multimedia, including dates from your planner, notes, and photos with multiple people at just the click of a button. Thanks to this amazing new feature recently introduced by the tech giant, sharing of content and keeping track of important events with one’s family have gotten a lot easier.
In a blog post, Anita Yuen, director of Google’s product management lead for families, noted that families share a lot of things, and they are now making it even easier to share and stay connected by giving users more to do with their family group on Google.
“Now whether it’s a new TV show on your DVR, the soccer practice schedule, this week’s to-do list, or family photos from over the weekend, families can do more with YouTube TV, Google Calendar, Keep and Photos,” Yuen said.
Which Google services now support sharing?
Google’s new Family Group for YouTube TV allows over six people to share the benefits of the video streaming service, including their cloud DVR and access to channels like FOX, CBS, and ABC, among others.
The search company announced an amazing new sharing functionality for Google Photos last week. Now families are able to share videos and photos easily by using the service, notes Thurrott. A new “family group” option will now appear in Google Photos, which will enable users to share pictures and videos with only a few taps on the screen.
Google Calendar is already free, but with the new feature, which adds family members, users can keep track of each other’s schedules and create and manage important events in a better way on a special family-based calendar. Contacts from outside the family list can be still invited to events, but they can’t be invited to the calendar itself.
Google Keep, a note-taking solution, is already free, but now users can capture and share ideas and notes by using Keep-based family notes, shared lists and reminders. Collaborative notes can be created as well so that the user and their family can keep track of to-do lists and shopping lists, notes the Daily Mail.
The new feature is available in the following countries now: Brazil, Australia, Canada, Germany, France, Japan, Ireland, Mexico, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, Russia, the U.S. and the U.K.