If you have an Android device, you might be interested in knowing that Amazon just brought Freetime over to Android devices. This is the first time that Amazon’s FreeTime service has come to devices outside of Amazon. The FreeTime app allows parents to control what content their children watch and consume on their devices. Read on to learn more about this app and what it could help you do as a parent.
Amazon’s FreeTime App Hits Google Play Store
If you are a parent, you might be really interested in Amazon’s FreeTime service, which has for the first time come to non-Android devices. FreeTime is available now on Google Play Store for the first time, and this service allows parents to control content that their children watch. Basically, Amazon Freetime will approve the content based on your child’s age, such as books, videos, websites, YouTube videos, and more. The parents can go in and then say their children are more mature so they can access more content.
This is really cool that FreeTime has come to Google Play Store, because previously this service was only available for Amazon-devices. Amazon devices included Kindles, Fire TV, and Fire tablets. Parents can set time limits on the screen as well as set pause times. These pause times are like a bedtime because it will not allow the child to get onto the device until the time that has been specified. This means that you can set the pause time from 10 pm until 8 am or something similar.
More Details About FreeTime
Even better with this Android app is that FreeTime is free to download on Android devices. If parents want, they can pay for the FreeTime Unlimited plan. This will allow for more videos and books from the bigger companies and brands, including over 10,000 titles from companies like Disney and PBS Kids. If you do not want to pay anything, you will still have access to over 40,000 types of content such as movies and books.
If you want to pay for the Unlimited plan, it is $2.99 per month if you are already an Amazon Prime member. If you are not an Amazon Prime member then it will cost you $4.99 per month, which is great for access to the bigger brands like Nick and HarperCollins.
One of the things that FreeTime does that a lot of other parental control apps do not do is that it also provides content and offers suggestions. Most apps just contain parental locks to lock the device. This app however, will tell you the best videos, apps, books, and other content for your child based on their age. When it comes down to it, there are not other apps out there that provide these suggestions and offers for children based on their maturity and age. Beyond that, this app will also offer educational goals which the children have to complete before the entertainment content is unlocked.
Just last month Amazon added a Parent Dashboard to the FreeTime service, which allows parents to see how their children are using the service. This could be what content the children are watching or have watched or how long they spend on videos or books. This allows parents to feel more in control of what their children are doing on their device. Since Amazon is now expanding this app and services to Android, the company sees it can reach a whole new consumer market. There has been a huge hole in the parental control market, and Amazon appears to be capitalizing on the lack of apps out there and services out there for parents who are looking for better options beyond locking devices.
There is one thing though to FreeTime, which is that it appears it will never reach iOS devices. That is because Apple does not allow third-party apps to lock content or lock features on the Apple device, even if it is for a parental control situation. So the good news for Android users is that it appears FreeTime is going to be an exclusive to Android, so parents with an Android device will have a huge advantage.