New Kindle Fire HD OTA Update to bring FreeTime feature

Amazon has declared the Kindle Fire HD tablet is its new bestselling product, an honor which was held by the original Kindle Fire until now. With its $200 price tag, stunning HD display, and impressive specs on the inside, it is not surprising that this 7-inch tablet has managed to hold its own against other biggies in the sub-10 inch tablet arena, like the Google Nexus 7.

Amazon has also announced that the Kindle Fire HD would be receiving an OTA update, which will bring some bug-fixes and improve overall performance of the tablet. But more importantly, the update will also add the FreeTime feature to the Kindle Fire HD, as promised.

Kid-friendly FreeTime was demoed on the Kindle Fire HD during its launch, but was not made available until now. The feature allows parents to to limit their kids’ access to specific content on the tablet. One can define specific apps which children are allowed to use on the tablet, as well as how long they can use it for, thereby limiting the content as well as kids’ playtime on the device. You can also set up a password that restricts smart kids from trying to exit FreeTime in an effort to bypass the time or content limitation.

If you are on the lookout for a family-friendly tablet which will not burn a hole in your pocket, the Kindle Fire HD 7-inch would be a good choice at $200. Or if you don’t mind waiting a bit, there’s an 8.9-inch version of the same tablet that is expected on November 20th, which will cost you an additional $100.

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