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Technology Facebook’s controversial Messenger Kids app arrives on Android

02:15  15 february  2018
02:15  15 february  2018 Source:   engadget.com

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Facebook ' s Messenger app for kids launched in December, though only for iOS, and last month, Facebook made it available for Amazon Fire tablets. Messenger Kids for Android will be available today through Google Play. Facebook says the app will also have a slew of Valentine's Day-themed

Facebook ’ s new Messenger Kids app hits the Google Play Store today. The app gives children a Messenger profile that is heavily controlled by their parents. It has been available on the Apple App Store and Amazon Appstore for a while now.

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Facebook's Messenger app for kids launched in December, though only for iOS, and last month, Facebook made it available for Amazon Fire tablets. Now, TechCrunch reports, and Facebook confirmed to us, that Messenger Kids will be available for Android devices starting today.

The app gives parents the control over who their kids talk to, allowing them to add or delete contacts, and sends them notifications if their children report or block anyone they've been chatting with.

For kids, the app provides them with a way to text or video chat with their friends and family while offering all of the visual fun of GIFs, frames, emojis and masks.

And maybe the best part, kids don't need a Facebook account to use it, only their parents do.

However, the app has drawn skepticism from those concerned about exposing kids to social media and overuse of digital technology.

Messenger Kids for Android will be available today through Google Play. Facebook says the app will also have a slew of Valentine's Day-themed masks, stickers and frames for users to play with.

Google Pay is the new Android Pay .
Google recently admitted that Android Pay and Google Wallet probably didn't need to exist as two different services. For that, you still have to use Google Wallet, which is now called Google Pay Send to keep it on-brand, if a bit awkwardly. The services won't be split for too much longer, though, as people in the US and UK will be able to send and request cash through the actual Google Pay app "within the next few months." So, beyond the new naming scheme and Android Pay redesign, not a great deal is changing on day one.

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