Google’s new Family Group makes it easier to share in Photos, Keep, and Calendar

Google wants its users to share content as quickly and easily as possible, which is why the company has been rolling out features to make that a possibility. For instance, at the tail-end of 2015 we saw Google roll out Google Play Music family plans. And more recently it launched Family Library, which lets a certain number of people share books, movies, and more.

Now Google has a new “Family Group” to make sharing even more content with all of them even easier. It begins rolling out today in select countries, and it includes support for Google Photos, Google Keep, Google Calendar, and now YouTube TV as well.

For YouTube TV, Google’s new Family Group means that up to six people can share the benefits of the TV streaming service, including their own cloud DVR, and access to channels like ABC, FOX, CBS, and others, all for the standard price of $35 per month.

Meanwhile, Google Keep with the Family Group means that any member of the family can change and update a note saved to the service in real-time, so updating a to-do list or shopping list can be quick and easy. Any note shared between a family group will have the family group icon — a house with a heart in it — next to it, making it obvious what’s a group project.

Shared Google Calendars aren’t anything new, but with Family Group it’ll just be for family members; outside members can’t be invited to the calendar itself. Contacts outside of the family list can be still invited to events, though. Finally, Google Photos will make it easier to share photos with the group directly, rather than individually.

These new features are rolling out today in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, and Spain.

Android Pay is now available in Russia

The last new market to get access to Android Pay, Google’s mobile payment option, was New Zealand back in November of last year. Now Android Pay continues its expansion.

Google announced today that Android Pay is now officially available in Russia. The company confirmed that 15 banks will support Android Pay in Russia at launch and that thousands of retailers, including KFC, McDonald’s, and Burger King, will offer mobile payment support at checkout.

The banks that support the option include VTB 24, Yandex.Money, MTS Bank, “Ak Bars,” and others. Russian payment services like Payture and ASSIST also support Android Pay out of the gate as well.

If you’re in Russia and want to use Android Pay, your device must be running Android 4.4 or later and it has to support NFC. You’ll install the Android Pay app from the Play Store, too.

Russia added to list of countries where Android Pay is available

Today Google announced Russia has become the 11th country where Android Pay is available for use. In their announcement, Google goes over all of the basics about Android Pay including things like how to use it with your device via NFC at a physical retailer or using the Android Pay button with online retailers. Like […]


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