Techno Source Debuts Kurio Android Phone for Kids
Techno Source today announced its first Kurio Android smartphone for kids. Techno Source is known for its kid-friendly line of Android tablets, and the company hopes this first handset will provide both kids and their parents with the right mix of features. The Kurio phone can be governed by parents with robust controls that cover usage times, internet filtering, contact management, geofencing, and app and data limits. It can also be remotely disabled or erased. The device itself runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and includes a 4-inch 800 x 480 display, a dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM, front and rear-facing cameras, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and an FM radio. The Kurio phone comes with 8GB of internal storage, but supports microSD cards up to 32GB. Techno Source did not immediately say which network operator will offer the phone, nor how much it will cost.
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