Announced early August, Google today unlocked its Android Device Manager. While this kind of feature is already known from iOS, Windows Phone and even from the old Windows Mobile days, it was so far not possible to remotely search and wipe a lost, stolen or forgotten Android phone or tablet. The new Android Device Manager is finally closing this gap and is coming with a few simple features which can be used to keep an Android device - and the data stored inside - safe and secure by helping to locate and ring misplaced devices by quickly ring the phone at maximum volume, even if it's been silenced as well as wiping (aka deleting) all the personal data on the device if it was really lost or stolen.
A handy Google Map is even able to show the rough location of the device in search.
As announced earlier today, the service is now available on devices running Android 2.2 or above. To use it all you have to do is to sign into your Google Account and for sure needs the device to be turned on and requires network access of any kind. Furthermore, Google said that soon there will also be an Android app to allow you to easily find and manage your devices.
Cheers ~ Arne