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Android Device Manager Receives Update Through Google Play, Adds More Security

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When Google first announced Android Device Manager for almost all Android gadgets, we could all breathe a little bit easier knowing our phones were a bit safer. With today’s update to their theft/loss protection app, your device is getting even more secure. 

Once logged into the Device Manager, you have a lot of control over that phone or tablet from half the world away. You can lock the device or even wipe it clean provided you have the credentials to log in. Today’s update adds a password challenge whenever you start the app and also when you are switching accounts to make sure that it is really you on the other end of the keyboard. This is arguably something that the app should have had from the beginning, but we aren’t complaining that it is here now.

To grab this extra security and squash a few bugs along the way, head over to Google Play to get the download.

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  • Wolfpack93

    Can it find your phone if the thief turns off the device? I once heard a suggestion that the OS require a password to power down the phone. That would keep would-be thieves from disabling the security features like these. Of course, this would only work on phones with non-removable batteries I suppose.

    • Flat_Stanley

      I think it also stops being as useful if the thief disables location services. Of course, that would require access to your phone (ie. not password/pattern/pin protected).

      I think your idea of a password-protected shutdown mode would a good one.

    • Raven

      Sounds good in theory, until your phone freezes and you can’t enter the password. Even with non-removable battery phones you can still long press the power button to force it off, and I would not want to loose that feature. Even my great Moto X has frozen once since I got it in November, so it does still happen, although a lot rarer than my good old OG Droid.

  • mcdonsco

    Wish they would update it to log a devices last known position…lost my nexus 7 a while back…tells me when it was last used but not WHERE.

    • Chris

      They will add that in about six months.

      nows thats something they should have had from the start. I’m pretty sure Apple’s did.

    • Flat_Stanley

      The thief may have disabled location services, which I think affects ADM as well (which is silly). Until history is added to ADM, you can try to check the location history stored on Google Maps (https://maps.google.com/locationhistory/b/0)

  • BobbyG

    Is the app needed? Can’t you just go to https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager

    • r0l

      You could, but from your mobile device the app makes life easier than using the web page.

      • BobbyG

        unless of course your device is missing

        • sagisarius

          it’s meant for people with multiple devices. So you can use your tablet to find your phone… which seems to be a situation I see people have constantly.

          • r0l

            ^This. Especially for the task of locating a lost phone within the house (ie couch seat cushions). Instead of firing up the PC you can just use the tablet to make it ring.

          • SchwannyT

            Thank you! I honestly didn’t realize that until I read your post. This make way more sense now. I was even checking because I was sure I’d already gone through the setup on this.

        • Steve B

          Most people have more than one device…

  • darensdorff

    How many people really use this? I mean it’s cool and all, but quite limited to what is out there already. Although I do have this activated for use, I always defer to Cerberus! It provides A LOT more features for locating your phone, or for catching the thief that stole it! I wonder if “ADM” will eventually provide the same features or something similar?

    • Nathan Borup

      I use it… I just google over some 3rd party app dev

    • r0l

      I have Cerberus too but stopped using it and not just this even though it does have more features. Why? Because I never used any of those features and rather have fewer apps/3rd partied tracking. I’m already giving Google my locaiton data, might as well have them track my phone.

    • Michael

      I used it last week when I couldn’t find my phone. Worked great!

    • legaceez

      I used it twice already. Once on a lost phone and once on my gf’s stolen phone.

      Helped retrieve the stolen phone as the thief eventually returned it because I knew exactly where he was.

    • darensdorff

      Really?! Downvotes cus I’m asking a simple question on who uses this feature, and if ADM will eventually incorporate similar features in future releases?

      that’s funny!

    • Flat_Stanley

      Eventually ADM could replace Cerberus, but currently I’m still using Cerberus due to a few things like location logging, and the ability to take photos. Are those necessary for regular Joe users? With the exception of location history, probably not, but since I’ve already paid for it…

    • michael arazan

      I have used it multiple time to locate my mother’s Razr M when she forget’s where it is. Accurate to about 3 meters