Google’s new Android Q operating system will include a lot more parental controls, with the company’s Family Link features built in.
When parents set up a phone or tablet for their child, they’ll be able to control and monitor that device using, a parental control app Google created in 2017. The controls include reviewing apps used and how long they were used, setting daily screen time limits, and setting device bedtimes so gadgets turn off for certain hours of the day. On Android Q, which is scheduled to come out later this year, you’ll be able to set limits on specific apps and offer bonus time when a kid asks for just five more minutes of playtime.
Google’s new effort keeps up a trend of tech giants offering more screen time tools for both kids and adults to help cut down on excessive use of mobile devices. In its, , which lets you see , set device time limits and mute notifications. Amazon, too, offers a for its FreeTime kids app.
The parental controls announcement came as Google brought together thousands of developers in its hometown of Mountain View, California, for I/O, its biggest event of the year. The annual conference is Google’s opportunity to show off its newest creations for Android, its Assistant software and other popular services.