Google has just introduced a new service called Android Device Manager which helps Android users in tracking their lost smartphones. In addition the service also allow users to wipe their personnel data and information from their Android smartphone if they fear that their information might fall in wrong hands.
In official Android blog, company mentions that apart from tracking, the service not only allows users to ring their smartphone at the maximum volume even if it is on the silent mode, it also lets them track it in real time on a map.
Describing the service, Benjamin Poiesz, Product Manager, Android wrote in a blog post:
Have you ever lost your phone in between the couch cushions or forgot it in a restaurant? 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.
While, Google Play is filled with similar offerings, having an official service makes more sense and it would be great if Google integrates it directly in the operating system with the next Android version.
Android Device Manager app as well as the web based service will be available later this month for devices running Android 2.2 or above.