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Samsung Galaxy S5 will reportedly feature a “Kids mode”
Following LG’s Guest Mode and HTC’s Kids Mode, a new report suggests Samsung is also preparing to release a kid-friendly mode for its upcoming flagship device.
If you are a parent, you’ve probably been asked more than once by a child if they can borrow your phone to play a game or two. Of course, giving your kids unrestricted access to your files, apps and settings can often be a recipe for disaster.
Since restricted profiles is only available for Android tablet users, that means you generally have to use a 3rd party app in order to lock down your child’s experience when using your phone. Luckily there are a few phone manufacturers that offer a built-in way to keep your kids (or guests) from messing with your phone. For the LG G2, there’s guest mode. For the HTC One, HTC and Zoodles provide a Kids Mode. And now it looks like the Samsung Galaxy S5 may also be introducing a Kids Mode of their own.
According to a new report from SamMobile, the GS5 will be the very first Samsung device to feature a new Kids Mode, which will allow you to create a special PIN to control this special kid-friendly environment. You can then customize various settings for each account, and can make multiple accounts for each of the kids (and/or guest users) that you allow to handle your S5.
While no screenshots of the interface have been released just yet, the interface is reportedly very colorful and flat. It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a “kids UI” from Samsung, as that ‘honor’ goes to the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids (seen above).
Okay, so for many users this probably isn’t exactly a major feature, but if you’re a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle and plan to be a future Galaxy S5 owner, this could still be a welcome feature for those (probably rare) times when you allow your kids to mess around with your new handset.
What do you think of the idea of a kids and/or guest mode, a good idea or an unnecessary feature?