Google announces Android Device Manager to help you secure lost phones

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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.

Source: Google

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!