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Amazon FreeTime now available on Android Phones, tablets

MUMBAI: Online global retail major and content creator Amazon has announced that kids can now enjoy the 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.

“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. 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,” said Amazon director of kids and family Kurt Beidler.

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 favourite book and video titles for kids of all ages, including:

  • Books like ‘Splat the Cat’, ‘Little Blue Truck Leads the Way’ and ‘Frog and Toad Are Friends’
  • Videos like ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood’,’ If You Give A Mouse a Cookie’ and ‘Wishenpoof!’

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 optimised 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.

The Amazon FreeTime app and Amazon FreeTime Unlimited service is available on Android devices in the US, 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.