Google has announced on their Official Android Blog that they will be launching an Android Device Manager application which can be used to trace your stolen or misplaced Android device.
You can use the application to perform the following :
- Ring the phone at maximum volume to locate a misplaced phone nearby, Even if your phone is in silent mode.
- Locate the phone on Google Maps in real time. You can track your phone on Map and find it if you don’t remember where you left it.
- Securely wipe your entire phone to stop private information on your device from getting in wrong hands. This can be used if you are sure your device has been stolen and cannot be recovered.
Supported Android Versions.
The Android Device Manager will be supported by all devices running Android 2.2 and above. Which means this specific release will please a majority of Android users.
There is no more specifics about the application so from the screenshots posted on the blog post, I believe the application will be installed on your device and could be controlled by a web interface such a dedicated section in Google Play Store or some other Google owned service. There have been many such applications in the past which would have a tough competition when this service is launched.
ADM Release Date and Alternatives.
The application is set to release by the end of this month (August), Till then a few of the alternatives which you can use are:
Both the above mentioned applications are free and the links above will lead you to their Google Playstore download page. This service can be replicated manually too if you have Root enabled phone and the ultimate Android Automation App – Tasker. You can create profiles with contexts and actions to perform the above task.
Eg : Instead of logging on to the Web Interface to track your device, You can set it to respond with its current location via SMS. The possibilities are endless with Tasker.
How do you like the idea of Google launching a dedicated service to find lost android devices? I believe it had to be introduced long ago. But its never too late.