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More Galaxy S5 details leak ahead of next week’s debut

Published Feb 20th, 2014 1:39PM EST
Galaxy S5 Kids Mode Software Feature

After detailing several Galaxy S5 features including the fingerprint scanner and the invisible dedicated camera button, SamMobile is back with more revelations about the upcoming smartphone. The publication has learned that the phone will come with a “Kids Mode” software feature that will let parents control what their children can do with the device.

With Kids Mode on, only certain apps and contacts will be available to children, including access to a Kids Store that contains free and paid games and learning applications. A timer can also be set up in order to limit smartphone interaction for children and the Kids Mode is protected by a PIN code, so only parents can customize it. Similarly, paid app purchases are also PIN-protected. Kroko “a popular toy/cartoon character” will be helping parents with creating accounts for their children.

“The Kids Mode interface is pretty colorful and flat (a direction all Samsung apps will take in the newest iteration of the company’s software), and we can imagine it being a feature that will be welcomed by all the parents out there that are currently afraid of handing out their devices to their kids without supervision.” Sam Mobile writes.

Similar features that limit what a child can do on a smartphone exist on Windows Phone, and are built-in Android on tablets (depending on what software version the device is running). Apple also has a Guided Access mode that can limit access to iOS devices, allowing parents to customize mobile experiences for children.

The Galaxy S5 will be unveiled at MWC 2014 on February 24, at which point Samsung is expected to further detail the new software features the phone will have to offer.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.