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Samsung's Kid Store for Samsung Galaxy S5 won't let junior wipe out your bank account

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Samsung's Kid Store for Samsung Galaxy S5 won't let junior wipe out your bank account
The Kids Mode that we earlier told you about for the Samsung Galaxy S5, will include apps allowing kids to draw, record their voices, snap pictures and sing karaoke. But there also is a special Kids Store that gives the young ones a chance to load more fun and games on a Galaxy S5. One thing that Samsung wanted to prevent was situations where junior would figure out a password and start making in-app purchasers that wipe out the family bank account.

To prevent the sort of in-app purchasing that has seen Apple get into trouble, the Kids Store will include some paid apps without any in-app options. This way, Mom and Dad know just exactly how much they are spending to pacify junior for a few hours. A special PIN number will need to be punched in when purchasing a paid app from the Kids Store. The apps will be listed in categories including Special, Learning, Play and Story. The PIN number also controls what phone numbers the kids will be able to call.

Kids Mode is for those 10 years of age or younger, and those who have seen it say that it is colorful and cartoonish, which should help it do the job that it is intended to do. That is, to keep kids away from things on the Samsung Galaxy S5 that they shouldn't be messing with, whether accidentally or on purpose.

Leaked screenshots from Kids Mode for the Samsung Galaxy S5
Leaked screenshots from Kids Mode for the Samsung Galaxy S5
Leaked screenshots from Kids Mode for the Samsung Galaxy S5

Leaked screenshots from Kids Mode for the Samsung Galaxy S5


source: SamMobile via BGR

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posted on 07 Mar 2014, 21:27 1

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8301; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Props to Samsung but original credit goes to Kid's Corner on WP.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 21:36 5

2. maherk (Posts: 934; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Not really, the Fuhu Nabi tablets had that before. They are the best when it comes to this matter, I have the Nabi jr for my daughter, rich app store, simplified UI for kids.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 21:44 2

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8301; Member since: 14 May 2012)


We sell those at our store. Bought one on Black Friday with my discount and it's not bad. Samsung finally realized children = $$$$$$.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 01:45

4. chocowii (Posts: 327; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


As additional, game ratings should help as what ESRB is doing. Games that is not suitable for younger persons, free or paid, should also be protected by passwords as such.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 04:25

5. sip1995 (Posts: 825; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Why this feature reminds me the "Kids corner" from windows phone.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 07:13

6. TheNeighbor (Posts: 91; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Start them young. Future customers.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 07:28

7. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)


Good idea samsung, Now I only wish there was a general android store that banned in-app purchases. If only Game Consoles banned them....

posted on 09 Mar 2014, 18:57

8. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I guess this is fine, but if you just use Google Play and set it up to require your account passcode, then you are set...just seems like more unnecessary to me...

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 04:05

9. docxx (Posts: 63; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


rip-off!!

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