A misplaced or stolen smartphone can quickly turn from inconvenience to seriously bad news, so we were grateful this past summer to see Google introduce the Android Device Manager. The tool let you view where your phone was located, activate a lock screen, and if push came to shove, remotely wipe all data. Later improvements saw the arrival of features like the ability to remotely change lock screen passwords, but one key component of ADM remained missing: while you could easily track your phone through ADM’s web-based portal, Google said at the time of its launch that an Android ADM app was in the works – an app we had yet to see released. Well, it took over four months, but it’s finally here, coming to the Play Store today.
If you’ve got multiple Android devices – even just a phone and a tablet – having access to an ADM Android app has the potential to be a real lifesaver. You’ll be able to perform all those actions you could through the ADM web interface, but with the convenience and friendly UI you’ve come to expect from Android apps. In fact, the feature set here is so laser-focused, we almost wonder what took Google so very long to deliver what’s honestly a pretty basic app.
Android Device Manager 1.0.2 is available in the Play Store now.