Google is making it easier — and cheaper — to share with family members. For no additional charge, you can now share purchased apps, games, movies, TV shows, and books with up to six family members across Android, iOS, and the web. The offer has been rumoured for months, and it’s now available to everyone with a Google Play account.
Once you sign up for the service, anything you buy will be added to a family account, and you can control exactly what is shared. The account uses one credit card for the whole family, and to avoid a big fallout over the fiscal irresponsibility of some younger family members, Google has also built in the ability for purchase controls on users ages 13 to 17.
Of course, you might have noticed that this sweet deal excludes music, likely because Google still wants people to opt for its Google Play Music family plan. Many streaming services, including Spotify, are also improving their family plans to allow more people to take advantage of purchased web services. Really it just removes the inconvenience of what most people do already: sharing accounts. I haven’t paid for Netflix in years, and it looks like I won’t be paying for Goole Play movies anytime soon either.