Samsung brings Galaxy S5’s Kids Mode and Knox 2.0 to Galaxy S4

May 22, 2014
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Samsung Galaxy S5 5 kids mode

Users of the popular Galaxy S4 in Germany woke up to a pleasant surprise this morning, as Samsung made available an update that brings over two features from the new Galaxy S5.

The update for the unlocked version of the Galaxy S5 (GT-I9505) weighs in at 130MB and bears the XXUGNE5 number. In the changelog, Samsung mentions performance and stability improvements, better power management, the new Kids Mode, and an update to version 2.0 of the Knox security suite.

Kids Mode, introduced on the Galaxy S5 in February, gives the phone a colorful kid-friendly interface, limits access to applications, internet, and settings, and offers a variety of parental controls, such as daily usage limits and monitoring tools. As any parent of small children can testify, this is a very welcome feature, and there was no reason for Samsung to keep it exclusive to the Galaxy S5.

The updated Knox 2.0 comes with a few extra bells and whistles that will probably only interest IT managers with a BYOD program. Knox Key Storage, for instance, generates and stores encryption keys inside a secure TrustZone environment, while real-time monitoring keeps tabs on processes that attempt to edit kernel data and system partitions. There’s also a dual APN feature, useful for managing business and personal data connections.

The update is currently available via Kies and as an OTA, with more countries in Europe and abroad likely to follow in the coming weeks.

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