Soon you will be able to find your lost Android device and even remotely wipe off data from a lost device. Yes, Google is offering this feature through Android Device Manager. Verizon and other cellular network providers are already offering similar kind of service. The Android Device Manager will let you find your lost Android device whether you misplaced it at your home or restaurant, or if it has been robbed.
Benjamin Poiesz who is product manager with Android explained about the service by saying that through Google account, users will be able to send a signal to the phone and even if the phone has put into silent mode, it will start ringing at highest volume. This is good if you have happened to misplace it somewhere in your house. Yes, we are happy to see such a feature come to Android.
What if the device has been stolen or misplaced at the mall or your friend’s house? Still, you can use your Google account to trace the location of your device in real time on a map. If your Android handset cannot be found or if it has been robbed, you can still use the feature to remotely wipe out all data.
This powerful Android feature will be made available for Android users in this month. It will only work on Android 2.2 or higher. It goes without saying that you will be required to sign into your Google account to make use of this important feature. The developers will also offer an Android app that will let you to easily search and manage your devices.
On iPhone, Apple is offering similar kind of feature. It is called Find My iPhone. Like the new feature that is soon going to arrive on Android, on iPhone users are able to track the exact location of their device by using a map and it also plays a sound and it can also be used to remotely remove all data from the handset. Apart from this, it also allows users to lock their iPhones remotely. This feature probably assists in not allowing thieves to access your confidential data.
Until Android releases the Device Manager, users can only try using the safety tips such as using the screen lock feature. Apple which has been offering the Find My Phone feature since many years is all set to update the app in the upcoming iOS 7. The new update will prompt users to enter login details to unlock the device before erasing all the data from the phone.
On Nokia Lumia phones, one can go for Treasure Tag accessory. The item can be used to strap on to an item like keychain or cell phone that are usually lost. Users can then make use of v4.0 Bluetooth and NFC in order to trace the item that has been lost through a map.
Android Device Manager is surely one of the most anticipated features on Android OS. Most of the newly made Android phones from major brands are expensive devices and losing them is not something that you would want to happen.