News by Andrew Kameka on Friday August 02, 2013.
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Android users have long relied on apps like Find My Droid and Lookout Mobile Security to locate their lost or stolen phones. Phone tracking will soon be a native feature of Android with the release of a new Android Device Manager service from Google.
Android Device Manager pinpoints an Android device's location layered over a Google Maps page. Should an owner see that a smartphone happens to be in the house, clicking "Ring" will trigger the phone to ring at its maximum volume so the owner can follow the sound. Ring works even if the phone is on silent or vibrate.
The Device Manager page also has a wipe function in case the phone is believed to be stolen or cannot be retrieved. The "Wipe Device" button will remove all personal data from the phone to ensure that the thief or someone who discovers the phone cannot see personal files and information.
Google will release Android Device Manager later this month. It will require Android 2.2 or later in order to function. Device Manager will also support an Android app to locate other phones, which should make it possible for someone to use a phone to locate a tablet or a device owned by a family member.source: Google
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