Google unveils Android Device Manager to locate misplaced devices

Google Android Device Manager

Google today announced a new service called Android Device Manager that will help users locate misplaced devices.

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.

The service is very similar to Apple’s own Find My iPhone service that has been available for some time now.

When you know that you’ve simply misplaced your phone or tablet somewhere in the house, Android Device Manager can make your phone ring at maximum volume even when it has been silenced. If you’ve really lost your device, you can locate it on a map in real time. If you’re unable to retrieve it (it may have been stolen for example), Android Device Manager can also let you quickly and securely erase all the data on it.

A separate Android app will also let you manage your devices.

Android Device Manager will launch later this month on devices running Android 2.2 or higher. It will require that you be signed into your Google Account.

If you have ever frantically searched for your Android device as you’re trying to head out or realized that it is well and truly gone, this service should help you avoid a repeat of such an event.

Source : Android Official Blog