Google to release YouTube app for kids, app will launch as an Android exclusive on February 23rd

Google to release YouTube app for kids, app will launch as an Android exclusive on February 23rd
A report published on Thursday reveals that Google will be launching a kids' version of its YouTube app. Titled "YouTube Kids," the app will be available from the Google Play Store starting on February 23rd. Initially, at least, YouTube Kids will be an Android exclusive. The app was developed in response to both requests from parents, and evidence that family entertainment is taking off on YouTube.

According to Shimrit Ben-Yair, the group project manager of YouTube Kids, Google was seeing 200% year-over-year growth in the viewing of family entertainment on YouTube. That is quadruple the overall growth of viewership on the app. Google relied on in-house engineers with kids to help design the munchkin-friendly version of YouTube.

A leaked photo of the app shows five icons including a YouTube like screen for viewing kids television shows like Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow, Thomas the Tank Engine and Yo Gabba Gabba. There is also a radio icon that when pressed will give the kiddies a chance to view music videos of the songs they like. A light bulb icon is employed for educational videos, and pressing the binoculars icon allows the kids to check out top videos relating to various subjects.

If junior tries to search for a video on a more adult subject, he will see a message that reads "Try something else." And parents can set a timer that limits their children's use of YouTube Kids. Once the timer goes off, the app shuts down and can't be restarted without entering a password that presumably only mom and dad would know.


source: USAToday via AndroidCentral

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13 Comments

13. AlikMalix unregistered

Tha app is in the App Store since February 23... Really, if u want exclusive apps - get an iDevice. YouTube Kids by Google, Inc.https://appsto.re/us/U1q23.i

12. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

The problem is, most kids I see are using iPads, not Android devices.

11. Deadeye37

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

Hallelujah! My kids like youtube and I turn on shows for them all the time there. However, because of all the content on there, I can't let them look up content unsupervised. My son loves watching Minecraft videos, but if he starts picking the videos, we wind up with some 14 year old that swears like a sailor.

10. fervid

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Add local network DLNA playback without delete and you have a winner.

9. iRaymond

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Hello .. Video sharing Iran sites(aparat.com/kids) are likely Google has launched a copy of the child's

8. Sakeem

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

This is cool. Can't wait to give it a try.

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Google trying to cash in on kids now?

3. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Do you have a problem with that?

5. dTone

Posts: 69; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

Yes that's right, they're now targeting you...

6. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Yup will be nice to finally let the kids use youtube unattended. But I guess its all bad now its android exclusive. God it amazes me how low people can go, just because their thing isat getting the latest stuff. Dont worry little fella, your device will also get it at some point.

7. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2126; Member since: May 29, 2014

Instead of just trolling, try reading before commenting.

1. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

Another crap? This means can be download automatically from your Google account whether your kids, teenagers or adults because it's exclusive for android users only. Why do you need YouTube and YouTube Kids apps?

4. dTone

Posts: 69; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

You don't like reading, do you?!

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