After an eight-month wait, Netflix’s Kids Mystery Box feature is now available on Android devices. By clicking on the “Mystery Box” in the “Favorites Row” at the top of the Netflix homepage, Android users worldwide can now discover new children’s shows and TV characters.
“This feature is now available on Android devices for all global members,” the company said in an update to its previous announcement post from May.
The Mystery Box feature functions similarly to a shuffle button, allowing children and their caregivers to discover new content in a more playful manner.
The mystery box’s contents change on a daily basis and can include anything from Ada Twist, Iggy, and Rosie from “Ada Twist, Scientist” to dinosaurs from “Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous.”
Netflix has a good selection of kid-friendly shows and movies, including popular titles like “Cocomelon,” “Gabby’s Dollhouse,” and Guillermo del Toro’s “Pinocchio,” which was just nominated for an Academy Award in 2023.
Parents can also block specific shows and access viewing history through the streaming service’s dedicated kids’ profiles.
Netflix has previously experimented with new ways to introduce its content to consumers, including personalized recommendations, screensaver promotions, and even a shuffle button that plays a random title.
For example, the Play Something feature suggests a title based on the user’s preferences. The Kids Mystery Box feature is based on the same concept but is designed to be more interactive and enjoyable for younger users.
Children can use the feature to find their next series or to rewatch content they haven’t seen in a long time.
The update follows the redesign of Netflix’s iOS app, which includes a new billboard layout, card transitions, animation for profile screens, and other improvements. It is unclear whether the Android app will receive the same upgrade.
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