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YouTube to release new app for kids

Already popular among teens, YouTube is releasing a new app for kids.

The new app from Google Inc.’s GOOGL, -0.33%  online video service will run on smartphones and tablets and is expected to feature original episodes of popular television shows for preschoolers, including “Thomas the Tank Engine” and “Sesame Street,” as well as content from the many kid-safe channels already featured on YouTube, according to a person familiar with the matter.

A screenshot of the app released late Thursday night showed those two titles as well as “Reading Rainbow, “Mother Goose Club” and others.

The app, called YouTube Kids, is expected to be free and will be separate from the mainstream YouTube mobile app. It will feature kid-friendly design, with big, bulbous icons and minimal scrolling, the person said.

The app is said to include features for parents as well, such as a timer they can use to limit how much video children are able to watch.

One potential disappointment for parents and kids is that the app won’t be available, at least initially, for Apple Inc.’s AAPL, +0.13%  iPad. At launch, it will be available only for devices running Google’s Android mobile operating system.

Source: Market Watch

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