Google to introduce family sharing for apps

From July, Android users will be able to share apps among family groups.
Written by Chris Duckett, Contributor

Google is set to introduce its Play Family Library that will allow up to six people to share apps purchased through the Google Play Store, the company has said in an email sent to app developers.

"After Family Library launches, users can add paid apps to Family Library if the apps are purchased after the DDA [Developer Distribution Agreement] update takes effect on July 2nd, 2016," the company said. "In order to provide a seamless user experience, make sure you allow your customers to share purchases made prior to the DDA update effective date as well."

The changes do not apply to in-app purchases or to subscription products, Google said in its new agreement.

Google already offers support for family groups to share Play Music subscriptions. As part of Google Play Music subscription, users also get access to YouTube Red, which allows for ad-free usage of the video site, along with the ability to save videos offline and background playing on mobile devices, as well as access to premium original content.

YouTube Red was launched in Australia yesterday.

At the first day of its annual I/O conference, Google showed off some of the upcoming features of Android N, announced two new messaging apps, and unveiled its Daydream VR platform.

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