Back in 2012, Amazon launched a service called 'Kindle FreeTime Unlimited.' For $4.99 per child ($2.99 for Prime members) or $9.99 for a family (max four children, $6.99 for Prime members), FreeTime gives kids access to a massive library of age-appropriate TV shows, movies, books, and apps.
Now Amazon appears to be dropping the requirement for a Kindle device, as the app has now appeared on the Play Store. There doesn't appear to be any new features in the move to the Play Store, but the service is already pretty great on its own.
In addition to the wealth of content, FreeTime Unlimited also includes a "Kid-safe web browser" that can only load sites whitelisted by Amazon (or you). If you don't want your child using it, it can be easily turned off.
You can also set time limits or restrict access to certain categories, and view what your children are watching and reading with the Parent Dashboard. For example, you can set FreeTime to only allow entertainment content after daily educational goals have been met.
You can find FreeTime Unlimited on the Play Store at the link below. There is a free trial available, if you want to try it out.
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--(NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon today announced that kids can now enjoy the popular Amazon FreeTime Unlimited service, including books, videos, YouTube videos and websites on Android phones and tablets. The FreeTime app for Android is free to use and offers similar parental controls that are available with FreeTime on Fire Tablets, including Fire Kids Edition, plus access to over 40,000 YouTube videos and websites that have been hand-selected by the FreeTime team. For even more content, parents can add the Amazon FreeTime Unlimited service starting at $2.99 per month to gain unlimited access to over 10,000 age-appropriate books and videos. Parents can download the FreeTime app starting today at http://bit.ly/2otF8GD.
“Over 10 million kids have enjoyed Amazon FreeTime on Fire Tablets, Kindle e-Readers, and Amazon Fire TV—we’re thrilled to bring that same award-winning experience to even more families,” said Kurt Beidler, Director of Kids & Family, Amazon. “Now, whether it’s a Mom sharing her Android phone with her child or a child learning to use their first Android tablet, Amazon FreeTime Unlimited makes it easier for kids to have unlimited access to a broad selection of the content they love—on a wide range of phones and tablets—while giving parents peace of mind.”
The award-winning Amazon FreeTime service balances giving kids the freedom of choice and unlimited access to popular content while ensuring parents that what their kids are viewing on their devices is age-appropriate. Parents can hand-select books, videos, apps and games to add to the FreeTime app, and kids can explore over 40,000 age-appropriate YouTube videos and websites that are hand-curated by the FreeTime team. Parents can also manage screen time limits by content type with innovative features like Learn First, which hides all entertainment content until daily educational goals are met, and Bedtime, which automatically turns off FreeTime at night and keeps it off until the wake-up time parents set—with weekday and weekend settings.
For even more content, parents can add FreeTime Unlimited, the all-in-one subscription service that allows kids to explore over 10,000 age-appropriate books and videos from popular brands like Disney, Nickelodeon, Amazon Studios, PBS Kids, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster. Starting at only $2.99 per month, FreeTime Unlimited offers unlimited access to favorite book and video titles for kids of all ages, including:
- Books: Splat the Cat, Little Blue Truck Leads the Way, Frog and Toad Are Friends, Curious George Goes to the Hospital, Caps for Sale, Inside Out Junior Novel, National Geographic Readers: Mummies, Big Nate: Game On!, Beezus and Ramona, Bridge to Terabithia, Star Wars: Before the Awakening, The Princess Diaries, and many more
- Videos: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, If You Give A Mouse a Cookie, Wishenpoof!, Fireman Sam: Ultimate Heroes—The Movie, The Gruffalo, Odd Squad: The Movie, Just Add Magic, Happy Feet, LEGO Friends, Pokemon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire, An American Girl Story—Melody 1963: Love Has to Win, Tarzan, and many more
Additionally, Amazon recently introduced new features for Amazon FreeTime with Parent Dashboard and Discussion Cards. Discussion Cards let parents connect with their kids’ digital experience by providing short summaries of the FreeTime content their kids are using, along with sample questions and activities that parents and kids can share in together based on the book, video, educational app or game. Discussion Cards are found within the Parent Dashboard, a mobile optimized website that also provides daily activity reports to help parents review the digital content their kids are using in FreeTime, to determine how to manage time limits and set educational goals. To learn more, visit: http://parents.amazon.com.
The Amazon FreeTime app and Amazon FreeTime Unlimited service is available on Android devices starting today in the U.S., and is already available on Fire Tablets, Fire TV and Kindle e-Readers. Amazon FreeTime Unlimited is available starting at $2.99 per month and is included as a one-year subscription on the Fire Kids Edition tablet. Existing FreeTime Unlimited subscribers can also now access their subscription on Android devices at no extra cost. Learn more at www.amazon.com/freetime.
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