Google To Release “Find My iPhone” Rival Software For Android Devices
Search engine giant Google on Friday announces the upcoming Android Device Manager which will include the Android version of the popular “Find my iPhone” feature on iOS ecosystem, and just like Apple’s, the new Google software will allow users to locate stolen or lost mobile devices running the company’s mobile operating system. On a blog post, Google’s Benjamin Poiesz, Product Manager for Android revealed that unlike similar services on other platforms, the Android Device Manager is much more advanced because it can ring a lost phone even if the phone is on silent mode.
“If you ended up dropping your phone between those couch cushions, Android Device Manager lets you quickly ring your phone at maximum volume so you can find it, even if it’s been silenced,” he said, “And in the event that your phone or tablet is out of earshot (say, at that restaurant you left it at last night), you can locate it on a map in real time,” he added. One of the advantages of Google is its bigger mapping data, users can locate lost or stolen handsets with the help of Google Maps integrated within the new software.
And yes, similar to find my iPhone of Cupertino-based Apple, Google’s product can also remotely wipe a stolen device in case the owner can’t recover the lost item. For starters, photos and videos and even passwords and account related information can be removed by the new system, so if you logged in to your bank account using the lost mobile phone, Google’s new software will remove all the information including saved password from Chrome.
Google said that the new software is compatible with mobile devices running Android 2.2 or newer versions of the OS. The incoming Android Device Manager requires a Google account, and Android users can start downloading it later this month.
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