A few days ago, the second Android 11 Developer Preview was released, which has some innovations in its luggage but will also bring some improvements in the following versions. The Google Play Services now point to a secondary lock screen for Android, which can be used in combination with Family Link. This should be an additional lock screen for children.
Even if it is controversial, the majority of all children today have their own smartphone from a certain age. For this purpose, Google has a number of children’s apps in its App store and has long been offering children’s accounts as part of Family Link management system. In the future, this will not only relate to the app selection and the duration of use, but probably also to the lock screen of the smartphone.
Android 11: Google is apparently working on a secondary lock screen for kids
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The current version of Google Play Services code indicates a second lock screen for Android 11. We are talking about a “Secondary Lockscreen”, which is only available under Android R (the abbreviation for Android 11) and speaks of “kids” in several places. This leaves a lot of room for interpretation, but one possible conclusion is the secondary lock screen for children. We don’t know how exactly Google will implement this feature.
Keep in mind that even though the service is present in the Manifest of Google Play Services, we didn’t find any strings or assets pertaining to the feature. Similarly, the latest version of Family Link did not have any details about this feature. This probably means that the feature is in an early development stage so we will have to wait for it to discover more. I think we’ll see more details of the feature soon after the arrival of the Android 11 stable release, we will see.