CES 2013: At CES 2013 next week, Pervasive Group will give an official launch to two new apps for letting parents control the use of mobile devices by children and teens: MMGuardian Tablet Security for Android tablets and MMGuardian Premium for Android smartphones.
The apps will be demo’d during a Power Session on CES 2013 Press Day.
Now, a week before CES 2013, an MMGuardian Tablet Security app is already available on Google Play, along with the company’s flagship MMGuardian app for smartphones, but MMGuardian Premium hasn’t yet appeared in Google’s online store.
The tablet app is aimed at letting parents set time limits on kids’ use of tablets, block the use of specific apps (including the Android “Settings” app, if desired), and prevent kids from installing new apps.
A parent might allow a child to use the tablet during “play time,” but not during homework time or late at night, for example. Time limits can also be set for the use of specific apps. Time limits also enable parents to block phone use during school hours.
The existing MMGuardian tablet and smartphone apps both install on to the child’s mobile device. Knowledge of an “admin password” set by the parent is needed for uninstalling the MMGuardian app. This prevents children from accessing the app on their phone without authorization and tampering with or disabling its capabilities.
The currently available smartphone app provides some additional features beyond those of the tablet app, giving parents the ability to control the app from their own phones through SMS text messaging, for instance.
In an FAQ on the company’s Web site, Pervasive Group says that an iPhone app is also under development, but that it will have a “more limited set of features” than the Android smartphone one due to the characteristics of Apple’s iOS API.