Google to launch Android Device Manager to help find lost phones

Google has been busy this week introducing its new Moto X smartphone via its Motorola subsidiary, but today the company announced plans to offer a new way to find any lost smartphone with Android 2.2 and above with its own Android Device Manager.

As announced on the official Android blog, the Device Manager will be available when a user is signed onto his or her Google Account. If phone is lost, activating the Device Manger will cause any Android device to ring at its loudest volume, even if the smartphone has been set to silent mode. If the smartphone is out of the range of its owner's ears, he or she can still attempt to find the phone via Google Maps in real time, such as in the screenshot above.

If the smartphone has in fact been stolen, or is completely out of reach forever, Android Device Manager will also allow the owner to erase all data from the device remotely. This new service will also come with its own Android app so that smartphone owners can manage all of their Android-based devices.

Google has also posted another blog entry which offers some common sense tips to protect their smartphone, including placing a password lock on their device screen and scanning an Android app that comes from an unknown source.

Source: Google | Image via Google

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This honestly doesn't compare to iOS 7's Find My iPhone feature.

Not only does it provide the Find My iPhone feature that lets you locate, wipe, lock, send an alert to, and display a message on the lock screen...

it even provides security so that if the device is lost and someone tries to disable Find My iPhone or tries to wipe the device, it will ask for the iCloud login information and will not allow anything to be done to the device until it is provided.

agreed, this or something similar should be a standard feature built in to all smartphones
specially seeing as how valuable some models are (be it in money or convenience value)

Google Play Music?

Contacts get saved on your Google account which you can view via the Gmail website if you click on "Gmail" at the top left and then "Contacts" in the drop down menu.

HoochieMamma said,
Google Play Music?

Contacts get saved on your Google account which you can view via the Gmail website if you click on "Gmail" at the top left and then "Contacts" in the drop down menu.

I agree but it makes no sense first to upload my music on the cloud and then download it on my device plus its wasting bandwidth

I wish Google like MS would release a desktop sync app. I know a lot of users would want one.

Wow, they HAVEN'T had this?
That's really sad. Really like find my phone for Windows Phone. Love the ring feature.

This is of not much use when data connection is not there. Thief would can remove the Google account before using the data connection or Wi-Fi and even flash Android before using the phone. Samsung's mobile tracker was some what more useful than this. If activated, on SIM card swap a message is sent to people whose number was entered during setup. I know this is also not fool proof.

filleFreak said,
This is of not much use when data connection is not there. Thief would can remove the Google account before using the data connection or Wi-Fi and even flash Android before using the phone. Samsung's mobile tracker was some what more useful than this. If activated, on SIM card swap a message is sent to people whose number was entered during setup. I know this is also not fool proof.

boo_star said,

Of course methods like this are generally useless,the device isn't bricked so it can be reused

But frankly I've come across enough phones that have been left, but locked that I'd love to reunite with their owner, but can't that I'll say this should be standard on all phones.

Hats off to Google for (eventually) adding this feature.

Edited by Marshall, Aug 3 2013, 6:45pm :

Good stuff. Things like this out of the box are great. I've never used the Apple one, but the Windows Phone one is very good, and is nice to know there is an option should I lose it.

The Apple one is very good. I've never used any of the Third Party android ones, so having this baked into the OS is an overdue, but very welcome change!

MS already have this, login into your Outlook account , and go to devices ( something like that ) and you can Text it , Call it , or remove all data, from the account,

Samsung also have this. It's called Samsung Dive / Find My Mobile. It has quite a lot of cool features, such as geo-tracking, call logs, call forwarding, phone locker, screen unlocker, device wiper, etc. It'd be nice if they add access to the camera to see the thief.

Avast! Mobile Security + Anti-Theft does all of the above and more. The latest beta version (version 3) has the ability to take photos through the front or back camera and it even has the ability to record audio.

Yes but these are third party apps. I said it should be a standard feature built into the device.
Nexx. Yes, I use the sammy app, was the closest thing to what I was referring to