“Google Kids Space,” is a dedicated kids mode on Android tablets which will aggregate apps, books and videos for kids to enjoy and learn from. It’s making its debut on Lenovo’s new Tab M10 HD Gen 2, but Google aims to bring Kids Space to more devices in the future.
When a child opens Kids Space, they’ll see a library of quality content. Kids can see recommendations for apps, games, books, and videos to find new ways to play and learn. For parents that want more flexibility beyond Kids Space recommended content, they can add more apps, games, and books from the Google Play store through the parents’ menu.
The Google Kids Space interface is colorful and cute, and looks easy to navigate. Kids can sort content by topic — animals, princesses, cooking, vehicles, homework help, etc. and can swap between tabs labeled “Make,” “Play,” “Read,” and “Watch” in addition to the home screen. Kids can also create their own character, customizing various characteristics including outfits and backpacks.
Parents will be able to use Google’s Family Link app to manage their children’s use of Kids Space. They can use the Family Link App on their Android or iOS devices to create Google accounts for their kids, manage Google Kids Space settings, manage child’s screen time, block and unblock apps, change YouTube Kids settings, and manage other Google services for their child’s Google Account.
According to Google, Books and video content are not available in all regions. Video content is subject to the availability of the YouTube Kids app. Books content requires the Google Play Books app. The Read, Watch, and Make tabs won’t appear in regions where content isn’t available. Availability of apps, books, and video content may change without notice.