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

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.

source: SamMobile via BGR

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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

2. maherk

Posts: 7002; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

4. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 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.

5. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

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

6. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Start them young. Future customers.

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....

8. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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...

9. docxx

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 27, 2014


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