×

Google Home Gets 50 Kids Experiences, Including Disney Audio Game, Fairy Tales

Google is looking to make its Google Home line of smart speakers more family-friendly with the addition of 50 new audio experiences tailored for the little ones. This includes  games and activities produced in partnership with Disney and Sports Illustrated.

Some of the newly-launched activities are designed to be educational. For instance, there’s an audio experience produced by Study.com and a space trivia game. Google’s assistant now even knows how to respond to “Okay Google, help me with my homework.”

Others are more playful, and include Voice tic-Tac-Toe, Freeze Dance and Musical Chairs. Google has also partnered with entertainment companies like Disney and Sports Illustrated to bring kids experience to its smart speakers, including a game called “Mickey Mouse Adventure.”

Finally, Google Home is going to become a much better story-teller. The speaker can now be asked to retell most classic fairy tales, including “Snow White,” “Cinderella” and “Goldilocks.”

Google first announced the addition of these family-friendly activities at its “Made by Google” event earlier this month. At the time, the company also said that it had worked on improving speech recognition for smaller children who may not always pronounce every word as clearly as their parents.

The company announced one more step to turn Google Home into a family devices Tuesday: Parents can now add accounts for their children, thanks to Google’s Family Link program. This makes it possible to personalize the device for them while also keeping tabs on their activities.

Google first launched its Google Home speaker as an answer to Amazon’s Echo last year, and announced the addition of a $50 Home Mini as well as a $400 Google Home Max this month.

 

Popular on Variety

More Digital

  • Stephen Fry, David Oyewelo and Nicole

    Stephen Fry, David Oyewelo and Nicole Scherzinger Among Celebs Campaigning for 'Movember' in Charity Video

    Hollywood stars are partnering with men’s health charity, Movember, to support the moustache and raise awareness about the org’s fundraising campaign. Comedians Stephen Fry, Stephen Merchant, actor David Oyewelo and survival expert Bear Grylls join former Pussycat Dolls star Nicole Scherzinger in a new public service announcement explaining why the ‘stache is so important. Watch [...]

  • YouTube Originals A Heist With Markiplier

    YouTube's First Interactive Special Stars Markiplier and Has 31 Possible Endings

    YouTube is diving into interactive entertainment with a new special featuring popular gaming creator Markiplier as a black-clad super-criminal who tries to steal a priceless artifact from the world’s most secure museum. Along the lines of Netflix’s “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch,” viewers will control the outcome of the interactive movie, “A Heist With Markiplier.” The first-person [...]

  • Euphoria HBO

    'It's an Explosion': Inside the Rising Costs of Making a Scripted TV Series

    When Apple TV plus launches on Nov. 1, it will do so with what’s arguably the most expensive new-series lineup in TV history. Among the streamer’s initial offerings are the drama “The Morning Show,” bearing a price tag believed to be more than $15 million an episode, and the dystopian sci-fi series “See,” which is [...]

  • Erika Nardini - Barstool Sports

    Listen: Barstool Sports CEO Learns From Digital Media's Past Mistakes

    Long before she became CEO of Barstool Sports, Erika Nardini had a front-row seat to the early days of the internet advertising world and she has no intention of repeating its errors. Over a career that saw stops at AOL, Microsoft, Yahoo and Demand Media, she watched as the digital powerhouses of yesteryear cluttered the [...]

  • Dany Garcia

    Dany Garcia Invests in Privacy-Focused Social Media Service MeWe

    Dany Garcia, CEO of Seven Bucks Productions and founder, CEO and chairwoman of the Garcia Companies and TGC Management, has taken a minority investment in MeWe, a startup that positions itself as a social network rival to Facebook — but one that gives users full control over their own data and privacy. Garcia co-founded Seven [...]

  • Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenberg Quibi

    Quibi Says It Has Sold Out $150 Million First-Year Ad Inventory

    Nearly six months before Quibi is slated to hit the market, a cluster of large advertisers has committed millions in ad spending to the ambitious — and untested — premium mobile-video brainchild of Jeffrey Katzenberg. Quibi announced that it has sold out its $150 million advertising inventory for the first year. The startup’s category-exclusive ad partners [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content