Amazon has released a free software update for the Kindle Fire HD 7". Version 7.2.2 brings a new app for the front-facing camera and Swype (more info below). The update also allows parents to sign up for Amazon's new Kindle FreeTime Unlimited.
Kindle FreeTime Unlimited gives parents and children (ages 3-8) unlimited access to thousands of kid friendly books, games, educational apps, movies and TV shows. Basically, parents can pay a monthly subscription instead of taking chances on downloading unknown apps and entertainment they're not sure their children will enjoy.
Subscriptions cost $4.99 for one child ($2.99 with an Amazon Prime account) or $9.99 per month for up to six children. You can read more about Kindle FreeTime Unlimited here, and learn more about downloading Version 7.2.2 here.
The software update includes:
Camera app: You can now use the front-facing web camera to take pictures of yourself with an included camera app in the Photos library.
Swype: Swype is a keyboard feature that provides a fast way to enter text. It lets you create a word by drawing through letters. Swype also provides additional keyboard functions like copy and paste and the ability to change the keyboard language.
Kindle FreeTime Unlimited: Kindle FreeTime Unlimited is a subscription service you can choose to sign up for within Kindle FreeTime. Parents can subscribe children's profiles to a wide variety of videos, apps, and games appriate for ages 3-8.