While there are plenty of apps on the playstore that will remotely find and track your device, one of the now comes with your device by default. Welcome Android Device Manager, a service by Google that will locate your device on Google Maps and perform some other basic functions.
This is Google’s answer to Find My iPhone that does something similar however using their own built in maps rather than using google maps which are more detailed and by far more preferred.
Android device manager was launched on 2nd August 2013 and it seems that Google is serious about it. Here are the things that you can do with this app:
- Remotely locate and ping your device on google maps.
- Remotely set the ringer off to gain attention.
- Remotely wipe the device and its data off in case you are worried about your sensitive data getting into wrong hands.
- Remotely lock and unlock your device. (new addition in the current update released this week)
This service is now available on devices running Android 2.2 or above; to use it, you also will need to be signed into your Google Account. There will also be an Android app to allow you to easily find and manage your devices. This basically means it is available for all the android devices on planet Earth !!
As you can see very similar to the AppStore’s FindMyiPhone service. However there are as we know other apps like Kaspersky and avast that allow us to do all this and much more.
However we must also remember that its been only 1 month since the service was launched and google is already updating it with more features. Maybe google will take a cue or something from other top apps like Lookout and come up with better features ?
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