Google has devised a means for parents to help their kids interact with computers better, with the aid of the new Google Kids Space. Google Kids Space is a dedicated Kids mode on the Android tablets which will aggregate apps, books, and videos for kids to enjoy and learn from. This feature will be launched on the Lenovo Smart Tab M10 HD Gen 2, but Google aims to deliver the feature to more devices very soon.
The program seems to run similar to Amazon’s FreeTime App, Amazon’s well-built system for parental controls and access to approved and curated children’s apps and media. In Google’s case, its new Kids mode is building on top of the company’s earlier efforts focused on building a safer, more controlled Android experience for families with children.
The project began with Family Link, a series of parental control features which is currently built into the Android OS. The Family Link app allows parents to set screen time limits engage content safety filters, privacy controls, etc.
Google then expanded into kids’ app curation with the launch of a Kids tab in Google Play, where it can showcase “teacher-approved” mobile apps and games. The new Kids Space leverages Google’s earlier work in evaluating Android apps for its “Play” tab, and has expanded its curation to now include other types of quality content.
The new Kids Space builds on Google’s earlier project in evaluating Android apps for its “Play” tab, and has expanded its curation to now include other types of quality content. In the Kids Space “Watch” and “Make” tabs, Google is pulling in creative content from YouTube Kids that encourage off-screen activities.
This feature is meant to be a selling point for Android devices, as well as a means of bringing families to the Google ecosystem. Thus differentiating it from Amazon’s FreeTime, which only partially has the ecosystem aim.
As stated earlier, the Google Kids Space is initially available on the Lenovo Tab M10 HD Gen 2. The App’s availability on Lenovo devices is due to their partnership in designing the device.