Google's Family Link Tool to Recommend Teacher-Approved Apps
Google hopes a new feature in its Family Link app will help parents find apps that are recommended by educators. Google says it is adding a new card to the Family Link app that highlights what Google calls "nutritious" apps, or apps recommended by teachers. Parents can read more about recommended apps on their own phone and then tap to download those they approve to their child's phone or tablet. Google says the new Family Link card is available in the U.S. with a focus on apps for kids ages 6 through 9. Google expects to expand the tool to more countries over time.
Google's Family Link App to Help Manage Kid Phones
Google today announced Family Link, an app and service parents can use to set up and monitor Android smartphones for their children. Parents can use the app to create Google accounts for kids younger than age 13, which is linked to the parent account.
Project Fi Gains Support for Kids Under Age 13 via Family Link
Google today updated its Project Fi service in order to make it a better option for families. The service now allows parents to add children under the age of 13 to Project Fi group plans using the Family Link tool.
Android Instant Apps Let Apps Run Even When Not Installed
Google today showed off what it calls Android Instant Apps. The idea here is to allow people to access content that's buried within apps that are not installed on their phone.
Google Speeds Up Android App Installs By Allowing Them from Search Results
Google has made it possible to install apps onto Android phones directly from Google Search results. The new tool bypasses the Play Store entirely, though a link to the Play Store is still available for those seeking more details about the app.
Verizon Smart Family Is A Refreshed Way to Manage Kids' Smartphones
Verizon Wireless today debuted Verizon Smart Family, a revamped service to help parents keep track of how their kids use their phones. The app allows parents to manage screen time by pausing the internet, to check battery status, and to view texts and calls.
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