Monthly Archives: December 2012

Amazon Kindle Fire HD gets update to 7.2.2

Just a few days ago, we told you that an update for Amazon Kindle Fire users was on the way. So you shouldn’t be too surprised when we tell you that the update, to software version 7.2.2, is now making its way to Amazon Kindle Fire units. As we told you the other day, the update brings with it the Kindle Free Time Unlimited capabilities that give your kids the chance to find appropriate content on the tablet. Designed for those in the 3 to 8 year old bracket, each kid will get an individual profile and home screen space. Apps have had commercials and social media removed and in-app purchases are disallowed. It’s almost like having a separate Amazon Kindle Fire for you and one for your children. Amazon Prime members must pay $2.99 for the service for one child, or $6.99 for the whole family. If you aren’t an Amazon Prime member, those prices jump to $4.99 and $9.99 respectively.

In addition, the content available with the service includes just about every movie or television show made for kids. Amazon has really come up with a feature that parents will find useful and kids will just love. In such a highly competitive tablet market, Kindle Free Time Unlimited can be the difference between parents buying an Apple iPad mini or deciding on an Amazon Kindle Fire HD instead. Those that decide on the Amazon Kindle Fire HD or the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 can receive one free month of Kindle Free Unlimited by clicking on the Kindle Free Time app before January 15th 2013

In addition to Kindle Free Time Unlimited, the update allows you to now take pictures using the front facing camera. And Swype has been added to the tablet allowing you to type by swiping your fingers over the virtual QWERTY keyboard. The update has rolled out OTA, so installing it should be a breeze. Look out for the new software which should hit your Amazon Kindle Fire at any time.

Amazon To Offer Unlimited Kindle Fire Content for Children

Amazon has just fired another shot in its battle to convince families to buy its Kindle Fire tablet (starting at $159). The company just announced Kindle FreeTime Unlimited, which it describes as an “all-you-can-eat content service built from the ground up just for kids.” The service requires a Kindle Fire device (it doesn’t work on iPads and Android tablets) and prices start at $2.99 a month per child for families that already subscribe to Amazon’s $79 a year Amazon Prime service (that also includes free 2-day shipping and access to free videos). A family membership is $6.99 a month for Prime members. Non-prime subscribers pay $4.99 per child or $9.99 for a family membership. Owners of the newest Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD get one month of FreeTime Unlimited for free

The new service is aimed at children from 3 to 8.

Kids will be able to watch videos, play games, use apps and read books from content partners including Andrews McMeel Publishing, Chronicle Books, DC Comics, Disney, HIT Entertainment, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Marvel, Nickelodeon, PBS, Rainbow and Sesame Workshop.

Amazon said that children wil be able to explore content on their own and “pick for themselves what to read, watch or play next.” Characters will include Elmo, Dora, Thomas & Friends, Cinderella, Buzz Lightyear, Lightning McQueen and Curious George.

Amazon has disabled any in-app purchases so parents don’t have to worry about their kids running up a bill.

Amazon said that it’s working with Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization that provides independent ratings of books, movies, television, apps, games, websites, and music.