Aug 05, 2013

    Google unveils Android version of Find My iPhone

    GOOGLE has unveiled its Android Device Manager service - the Android version of Apple's Find My iPhone - which will be made available to users this month.

    The service will help users find phones through several ways.

    If the phone is around, calling the number using Device Manager will have the phone blasting its ringtone at maximum volume, even if it was left in silent mode.

    There's also an online map that can help locate devices.

    "While losing your phone can be stressful, Android Device Manager can help you keep your data from ending up in the wrong hands," Android product manager Benjamin Poiesz said in a blog post.

    In the event that your device cannot be recovered, or has been stolen, you can easily erase all data before someone else gets his hands on your bank records and grocery list, said PC Mag.

    The new service will be available later this month on the Web for devices running Android 2.2 or higher, according to PC Mag. An Android app will also be available soon, said Mr Poiesz.

    Although the Device Manager is slated for release only later this month, some Android device owners on Reddit are claiming that they can already see the new option within their device-management settings, according to the Android Police.