Montreal, Canada-based children’s digital developer Budge Studios has rolled out a new program to develop apps in which kids and parents test products and provide direct feedback on mobile offerings.
The new Budge Playgroup is open worldwide to parents and guardians of kids ages two to 10. Global focus groups test iOS apps before they’re released on the App Store, using the beta-testing platform TestFlight.
For the first-in-kind program’s debut, Budge Studios had parents and kids try out and critique Caillou Search & Count, a mobile game of hidden objects and numbers that aims to develop educational skills like observation and numeracy. As an incentive for taking part in the program, they could also choose to have their kids’ names appear in the app credits.
In addition to the new app-testing program, Budge Studios has introduced test-group extension Budge Playgroup LIVE. This program will see local kids invited to the Montreal-based studio to test upcoming iOS apps and offer feedback in person.
The first app to come out of the program, Caillou Search & Count, is now available on the App Store for iPhones and iPads.