By Stephen Schenck | August 7, 2013 4:35 PM
Last week we heard about a long-overdue feature Google was finally bringing to Android, with the announcement of the Android Device Manager. The service would help users track down misplaced phones, and give them the chance to remotely secure devices by initiating a factory wipe. At the time, we were told to expect ADM to roll out over the next few weeks, and today word arrives that the service is now active, ready to help you keep track of your Androids.
Obviously, you’re going to have to have your account configured to share your phone’s location data with Google in order to use a service like this, and you’ll also need to have a little forethought if you ever want to remotely wipe your phone, enabling the feature on the handset in advance.
Wiping is a last-ditch effort, though – if you’re just hoping to track down your phone (data intact), you can also trigger a full-volume ring in order to let your ears guide you. Think of it as the modern equivalent to calling yourself from another phone.