When iPhone users misplace their handsets or worse – have them stolen – Apple provides the tools they need to track down or securely wipe their missing gear. Over in Android land, we’ve seen our fair share of third party tracking utilities, but an official solution from Google itself has so far been absent. Today, Google announced an upcoming service to correct that oversight, with news that the Android Device Manager will launch later this month.
Android Device Manager should work with any phone or tablet running Froyo or later. You’ll be able to pull up devices tied to your account from wither a web interface or an app running on another of your Androids. There, you’ll see a map indicating where your missing phone last was last spotted by Google’s servers, and assuming its data connection is still active, you can use tools to force the handset to start ringing at full volume or – if worse comes to worse – remotely wipe the device.
We know, that’s not a bulletproof way to keep your phone 100% safe, and Google feels seriously late in getting this service rolled-out, but better late than never, we suppose. Look for ADM launching in a few weeks.