It ships with a year of newly-enhanced FreeTime Unlimited and plenty of parental control.
In May 2018, Amazon launched the Echo Dot Kids Edition, which shipped with a kid-friendly version of Alexa, FreeTime Unlimited access for a year, and the promise of no explicit language. This week, Amazon is refreshing the hardware with an All-New Echo Dot Kids smart speaker announcement.
As Engadget reports, the Kids Edition is very much like the standard Echo Dot, but with a few key modifications to differentiate it and make it a better speaker for kids. This All-New release is based on the latest Echo Dot hardware iteration (third-generation), but is 70 percent louder than the old kids model. It also costs $69.99 compared to the standard Echo Dot’s $49.99 price tag, however, right now both prices have been reduced by $20.
Just like last year’s model, FreeTime Unlimited is bundled for free for a year. The subscription unlocks over 1,000 Audible books and thousands of games, skills, and songs. Continuing to subscribe after the first year will cost $2.99 per month, and in order to entice you to do so, Amazon has enhanced the feature set somewhat.
FreeTime Unlimited now includes news flashes from appropriate sources such as National Geographic, word of the day, and interesting facts, all of which can be tweaked by parents through the dashboard. The second new feature, and one that’s sure to be popular, is Alexa Skill Blueprints. It allows kids to create their own interactive adventures using the smart speaker and ten templates. This feature is sure to grow to allow new adventures and other ways to interact.
The All-New Echo Dot Kids Edition is available to pre-order from today in blue or rainbow color options at the limited-time offer price of $49.99. It will be released on June 26 and notably comes with a two year “worry-free” warranty. The standard Echo Dot only enjoys a 90-day limited warranty.