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Android Device Manager helps you find your lost Android phone and remotely wipe data

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Android Device Manager helps you find your lost Android phone and remotely wipe data
Always misplacing your Android phone? Google is about to launch a service called Android Device Manager, which is a website that will help you locate your missing Android handset. In combination with an app that you can install on your phone, Android Device Manager will let your phone ring at its maximum volume. The app will also allow you to track in real time the location of your unit. If you're worried that your stolen phone will become a treasure trove of information for the criminals that swiped it from you, the new service from Google will let you wipe the device clean of all data remotely. The site will be up and running later this month and will work for all models loaded with Android 2.2 or higher.

Others have tried and failed to offer the same services to Android users, such as HTC. Sony has launched its My Xperia tracking service that performs the same features as Sammy's new service does. The Korean OEM already offers a similar service for business users, and is beefing it up for consumers. And while the related app will help users find and wipe their device, it isn't necessary to install it on your handset to use Android Device Manager.

Sometime before August turns to September, Android Device Manager will launch giving Android users a level of protection that iOS and Windows Phone users already have.

Android Device Manager will help you locate your lost or stolen Android phone

Android Device Manager will help you locate your lost or stolen Android phone


source: Google via TheVerge

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posted on 02 Aug 2013, 15:21 8

1. ZeroCide (Posts: 698; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


Thats a good feature. Windows Phone has had this for years.

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 15:27 6

3. Sauce (unregistered)


As well as iOS. Why would Google wait so long to release this? More power to them. Great feature.

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 16:40 10

12. boosook (Posts: 1081; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Because, contrary to ios and wp, there were already tons of apps to do the same thing. Anyway, it's good to see an official service from google.

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 15:50 6

7. sats.mine2k4 (banned) (Posts: 208; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


Who is talking about windows phone here... Windows phone has to manage 100 users where google has to manage 10,000. so shut up and go back to watching ur sad face on ur live tiles...

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 16:17 4

10. ZeroCide (Posts: 698; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


Some one has Crazy anger issues i was meerly stateing that Windows phone has had this feature for years. If Google only has to manage only 10,000 users they have problems. Both MS and Google manage MILLIONS of users. BTW... I like my live tiles. They are so lively :)

Go back under your bridge.

posted on 03 Aug 2013, 07:38

19. gazmatic (Posts: 628; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


we also have push app installations

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 17:15 3

13. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


I'm sorry but in compare to many years old Cerberus for Android are all the apps for wp and ios just toys ;-)

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 18:06

15. reten (Posts: 43; Member since: 03 Apr 2013)


Ya but nobody to use them in windows

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 19:20

16. ZeroCide (Posts: 698; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


I've used them and other people i know with windows phones have used the other website features. Saved me a few times when i misplaced my phone.

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 15:24 5

2. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)


These security apps should give me the function to make the device play gay porn at max volume and lock the device from being turned off.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 04:18

21. jinxed (Posts: 107; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


imagine u misplaced ur phone under the dinner table and u do this..lol.. just reminded me of American Pie

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 15:27 2

4. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)


At last... this should be availble about two years ago

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 15:28

5. Sauce (unregistered)


Shatter, not sure if it is on Cydia for Android yet, but there is something like that on Cydia iOS. It's hysterical.

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 15:48 4

6. Igneel (Posts: 19; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


I use Cerberus for security.. So far, I've gotten more than 20 pictures of people who attempted to unlock my phone :P

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 16:00 1

8. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Damn, I could've used that app and service a week ago when I lost my Galaxy Note, the barista at Starbucks denied having seen it and further stated that the cameras were only over the register and cashiers. A bunch of thieves they were, probably jealous cuz they all have that other OS, you know, the one that only works with their free wi-fi and is uncustomizable!! Did I just make up a word??

Anyway, got my Note 2 back - accidentally left it at my brother's place. But, boy, was I sweating there for a second (mainly for the memory card). Invested a lot of time downloading bootlegs through tTorrent Pro; didn't want to redownload!

This new app/service is a winner in my book.

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 16:21 1

11. uchihakurtz (Posts: 273; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Dude, Galaxy has Samsung Dive which is similiar to this. But it only works on Touchwiz ROMs though.

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 21:15

18. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Hey, I'm all lady - monthly and all!! Thanks, though, I have this one (the one I thought I lost) on actual stock so maybe I can do some Sammy Dive-ing; the one I "lost" about 4 months ago is rooted so that one needs a different solution, something less official. I probably will "lose" this one again before the Note 3 gets released. Whatever I do, it can't backfire so I must proceed with caution.

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 16:09

9. uchihakurtz (Posts: 273; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


About freaking time! The only feature I missed since using Nexus 4 is the Samsung Dive feature. Why didn't they do this this like long ago? Even WP 8 had this natively since God knows when.

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 17:57 1

14. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6694; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


SWEET finally a way too look for my phone now i will uninstall my WHERE'S MY DROID app that i PAID for. because i keep loosing it in the house. or at work sometimes.

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 21:08

17. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


lol..

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 18:22 1

20. MyJobSux (Posts: 83; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


Feds: "So Google, we need a way to track users easier."
Google: "No problem, we can fix that."
Feds: "But we dont want people to know that were tracking them."
Google: "No problem, we can do that."
Feds: "People are getting wise to having to click links, open files or installing apps that dont come from the Play store, so they need to install it without us having to initiate it."
Google: "No problem, we can make sure they install it."
Feds: "How will you do this?"
Google: "We will put out an app to make the user feel empowered over their own device with a backdoor you can use to secretly monitor and or control the device and they will install it thinking their protecting their own device."
Feds: "BRILLIANT!"

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