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Google releases Android Device Manager app

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Google releases Android Device Manager app
Back in August, Google updated Google Play services on almost all Android devices to support the new Android Device Manager website. Using the site, you could locate a lost device, ring that device, or even remotely wipe a device. In September, Google updated the Android Device Manager to allow you to remotely lock a device. Now, you can do all of that from another Android device with a new app.

The new app works just like the website allowing you to locate, wipe, or lock and change the PIN on any device that is associated with your Google account. The website was a good first step, but Google notes that if you lose your phone or tablet, you are likely already away from home, and you may not be able to get access to a computer. It may be far easier to either use your phone to find a tablet, or find some Wi-Fi to use your tablet to find your phone. 

That all certainly makes sense, it's just a bit annoying that it took an extra four months after the Android Device Manager launched to get a mobile app for the service. Of course, that is just the way Google does business - launch what is ready, when it is ready. 

The Android Device Manager app is available on all Android devices running Android 2.3 and higher. 

source: +Android

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posted on 11 Dec 2013, 17:32

1. checkmymike (Posts: 81; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


So when you lost your phone, you find another phone or tablet with the app android device manager installed in it?!

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 17:46

2. scsa852k (Posts: 303; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


Or you can just download it....

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 19:07 2

3. Finalflash (Posts: 1912; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Yea, likely one of your friend's of family nearby will have it.

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 06:44 1

6. decent4u (Posts: 74; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


There is no need for another android, u just need to access the internet, all of the things could also be done by going to the website of android device manager.

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 09:45

8. SellPhones82 (Posts: 565; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


It's becoming pretty common for people to have more than one device. I'll have this installed on both my Nexus 5 and 7 so I can wipe either if needed. The website will also always be an option. My son uses my Google login since he's 9 so I can track his tab and wipe/locate it if ever needed.

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 01:07

4. andynaija (Posts: 485; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


How is it annoying that it took an extra four months to release it? What if they didn't release an app at all? At least be grateful that they did instead of complaining about it.

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 02:30

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


According to the article it has to be on the same google acct. I doubt your sharing your google acct with your buds. I could see you sharing it with your family maybe but most wont.

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 08:55

7. steedsofwar (Posts: 288; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


it takes a few seonds to sign myself into another android, wipe my lost device and then log out of my account from the random android i just used to wipe.

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