Family Library will soon let up to six people share paid Android apps
There wasn’t much Google announced during the I/O 2016-opening keynote yesterday in terms of Play Store updates, mostly because the official Android app library has been revised and tweaked several times in the past few months, and the search giant unveiled a bunch of exciting new software products.
But Instant Apps, of course, have a lot to do with Google Play, while the long overdue Android equivalent of a very popular iOS feature silently broke cover in the Developer Console help pages.
No idea why Family Library wasn’t trumpeted and detailed on the Shoreline Amphitheatre stage in Mountain View then, especially with a commercial release around the corner. Or so we presume, given “all paid apps purchased after July 2, 2016 will be eligible for Family Library”, letting up to six members of an Android-loving clan share them at no extra costs.
If only one of the six pays for the app, it automatically becomes available to his closest relatives too, similar to how you’re merely asked to cough up $15 a month on a family Google Play Music plan.
What’s interesting about the Family Library function headed to the Play Store soon is Google encourages developers to allow users to share purchases made prior to this date (July 2), but won’t force them to enable it platform-wide. In other words, the decision to retroactively flip the switch is up to each individual creator of each Android app.