Look, Fuhu's products aren't for you. They're for your kids, or possibly your extended family if you're a really cool uncle or grandma or something. So the company doesn't have the same kind of demanding scrutiny for timely software updates as, say, the latest Galaxy Tab. Even so, the Nabi 2's update to Android 4.4 is being sent out almost a year and a half after the software was first available, and it's not like Fuhu has a ton of other products waiting in line.
Alright, alright, I'll stop my whining. The 3.0 update to the kid-friendly version of Android adds a grab-bag of new features and Fuhu software. Here's the full changelog:
World of Movies, Games, Music and More!
- nabi Pass: One pass for everything they need - unlimited access to Wings learning system, apps, games, music previews, videos and books! Monthly subscription required after free trial.
- nabi Radio: Stream over 8 million kid-friendly tracks, categorized by Chart Toppers, Pop, Teen Hollywood, and more. Monthly subscription required after free trial.
- nabi Play and nabi Web: Top kid-friendly websites and videos where kids can create customized channels of their favorite content.
Learning and Creativity
- nabi Utilities Suite: Kids can learn to read and manage time, calendars, events and weather.
- Dream Pro Studio Apps: A powerful suite of creative tools that teach kids how to draw, animate, author their own books and edit movies like a pro!
- nabi Konnect: Connect with family and friends with kid-friendly and safe instant messaging, email and photo sharing apps.
- nabi Security Administration (NSA): Parents can gain visibility into how their kids are using nabi Konnect and nabi Friends by showing their kids’ friends list, and the types of emails, instant messages and photos that are being shared.
Teaching Good Choices
- nabi Wishlist: Give the perfect gift every time. Kids can choose from over 200,000 of their favorite toys to create a wish list, and share it with parents and other family members.
- Treasure Box: Kids can buy games and apps through Treasure Box using nabi Coins!
- Upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat for faster multitasking, more responsive apps, and overall improved performance.
- Ability to record and leave a personal video message using “Record Message” feature.
- Easier navigation with new user interface featuring Featured, Browse, Watch and Learn folders. Kids can now find the following folders and apps in nabi Mode.
- Featured: nabi Play, nabi Web
- Browse: Maxthon Kid-Safe Browser, Fooz Kids Websites, Fooz Kids Crafts
- Watch: Cartoon Network, Cookie Jar, Fooz Kids Videos
- Learn: Fooz Kids English, Math, Science, Social Studies and Kno Textbooks
Remember that the Nabi 2 tablet now has access to the Google Play Store, so an Android OS update is considerably more useful than it might be on similar hardware designed for children. Users should be seeing the over-the-air update via a notification - you'll need at least a gigabyte of free space to install it.