Google Unveiling Android Phone-Tracking Service
A "find your phone" service from Google is coming out later this month to help users track and find their mobile Android devices when they are misplaced.Google Android users who often misplace their phones can now rejoice: Google will unveil a service later in August that will allow users to track and find their lost or misplaced Android devices, even if they stuck are under furniture in the living room or under the seat of their car. The new service, the Android Device Manager, will be available later this month on devices running Android 2.2 or above, according to an Aug. 2 post by Benjamin Poiesz, product manager for Android, on the Android Official Blog. "Have you ever lost your phone in between the couch cushions or forgot it in a restaurant?" wrote Poiesz in the post. "Or maybe searching for your phone before you rush out the door is part of your morning routine? Later this month, the new Android Device Manager can help you out. It's one of a few simple features you can use to keep your device—and the data you store inside—safe and secure." By using the new Android Device Manager service, device owners will be able to ring their Android phones at maximum volume so they can find it, even if it's been silenced, according to the post. "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" to find its location elsewhere.
The service will also allow device owners to quickly and securely erase all their data on the device if it has been stolen or lost permanently, according to Poiesz.
In July, Google unveiled the latest version 4.3 of the Android mobile operating system, which powers the new Nexus 7 tablet that Google just announced. Android 4.3 is also rolling out now as an update to Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and Galaxy Nexus Evolved High Speed Packet Access (HSPA+) devices around the world.