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Google Debuts Family Library, Enabling Families to Share Purchases

Digital sharing has never been so easy thanks to Google’s latest tool.

The company has launched the Google Play Family Library, which enables users to share the apps, games, books and movies they have purchased on Google Play with up to five other family members.

That means that after purchasing a qualifying app, it can now be shared with family members for free. All purchases added to Family Library are available across Android devices, and movies, TV shows, and books can be enjoyed on iOS devices and the Web as well.

“Today’s families have a lot of devices, and it should be easy to share content no matter where we are or what we’re doing,” Google Play product manager Raj Iyengar said in a blog post.

“As with most family matters, flexibility and choice is important. With Family Library, you can choose which items you want to share and which to keep to yourself—for example, I’ll probably keep my collection of comic books in my personal library. Flexibility is also built into your purchasing options.”

Upon signing up, you will be asked to choose a credit card to share as your family payment method, but family members can also purchase items with their personal credit cards or gift cards. If you are a parent, you have the option of approving your children’s purchases before they can be completed.

Family Library is in the process of rolling out to Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

To get the new Google Play Family Library, sign up in Google Play.

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Jennifer Cowan

Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.