Earlier this year, Google introduced a new Kids tab in the Google Play Store, as a way for parents to easily find content and apps tailored for children. Today, the company is investing further in delivering kid-friendly experiences with Kids Space, a new feature for Android tablets, which is available first on select Lenovo tablets, such as the Tab M10 HD Gen 2, which was announced today.
Building off of the kid-friendly content found in the Kids section of the Play Store, plus video content from YouTube Kids, Kids Space on Android tablets aims to provide children with personalized content, be it for entertainment or education. When setting up a tablet for the first time, parents need to create a Google account for their child, and then kids can choose three of their interests to get recommended content on their home screen on a daily basis. Kids can also create an avatar to represent them in Kids Space.
Aside from the home screen, which features daily recommendations for different kinds of content, there are four main tabs in the Kids Space experience - Play, Read, Watch, and Make. Play is where children can find kid-friendly games from the Kids section of the Play Store; Read offers access to children's books, with Google saying it partnered with top publishers to offer 400 free books in the United States; and Watch and Make both feature content from YouTube Kids, with Watch including more hands-off content, while Make offers videos that encourage children to do things off-screen.
While it's available first on Lenovo tablets, Google says Kids Space is coming to other Android tablets in the future. A notable restriction of Kids Space is that the Google Assistant isn't available in this mode.