Google has finally launched the web interface to their promised new service for Android users called Android Device Manager. The unimaginatively named service works similar to Apple's Find My iPhone, Samsung's Find My Mobile or HTC's HTCSense.com and helps you track down your (lost) Android device.
Locate and ring your misplaced device
- If you ended up dropping your phone between those couch cushions, Android Device Manager lets you quickly ring your phone at maximum volume so you can find it, even if it's been silenced. And in the event that your phone or tablet is out of earshot (say, at that restaurant you left it at last night), you can locate it on a map in real time.
Protecting your personal information and data
- While losing your phone can be stressful, Android Device Manager can help you keep your data from ending up in the wrong hands. If your phone can't be recovered, or has been stolen, you can quickly and securely erase all of the data on your device.
Availability and getting started
- This service is now available on devices running Android 2.2 or above; to use it, you also will need to be signed into your Google Account. There will also be an Android app to allow you to easily find and manage your devices. Stay tuned!
For those of you who play tech support for friends and family, there's now a Hangouts app to make things easier -- powered by the same technology behind Chrome Remote Desktop.
Hangouts Remote Desktop lets you help others by controlling their computer remotely (with their permission, of course). And because you're both in a Hangout, you can talk with and see each other during the session.
The news was broken by Daniel Caiafa, who has confirmed that the tool is using the same technology as the Chrome Remote Desktop tool.
To get started, just start a Hangout and click View More Apps > Add Apps > Hangouts Remote Desktop.
Let us know what you think, and please keep the feedback coming!
Google had been expected to update its own tracking service, referred to as Android Device Manager with the remote locking feature. The newest security choice is now available on the ADM dashboard and you can remotely locking mechanism your smart phone from the web user interface.
The newest feature allows you to lock your smart phone with a new security password that modifications any previous screen unlock setting. Of course, you can totally reset the password once you find your own lost or even stolen Android device.
The update is going to be added instantly to the Google Settings application and you need to enable the "allow distant lock and factory reset" option to be able to utilize it from the web interface.