Google’s Device Manager for Android helps users locate their phones.
There’s that one time you left your Android device in a restaurant, and then the other time when you left it in a fitting room. And occasionally, you might leave it on your kitchen counter, and panic all day at work wondering where it went.
Google has introduced a way to track down misplaced Android devices, which will help alleviate the stress of the cellphone hide-and-seek game.
The Android Device Manager lets users ring their phone at maximum volume, even if the phone is on silent, and locate the phone on a real-time map. If there is no hope of retrieving the phone, users can even wipe their device clean of all information – the so-called "kill switch" – so that their data doesn’t fall into ill-intentioned hands.
While these new features will certainly help recover cellphone devices that are tucked into the folds of a sofa, the Device Manager also addresses a more serious problem plaguing smart phone users nationwide: the rise of cellphone theft.