Google introduces Android app for remote wipe, locating lost devices

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Google introduces Android app for remote wipe, locating lost devices

A new app called “Android Device Manager” will help users locate or remotely wipe their lost or stolen phones.

While the feature, which is comparable to Apple's “Find My Phone” app, has already been implemented on some users' phones via a Google Play Services update, Android Device Manager isn't expected to be available to everyone until later this month.

All phones and tablets running the Android 2.2 “Froyo” platform and higher will receive the update.

According to a Friday blog post by Android Product Manager Benjamin Poiesz, the app will allow users to make misplaced devices in "earshot" ring at maximum volume. If farther away, the device can be located on a map in real time or wiped. 

This article originally appeared at scmagazineus.com

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