Remember Android Device Manager, Google’s app for finding lost or stolen Android devices? It’s now called “Find My Device” and will change on your phone, thanks to an update that just rolled out.
The functionality of the app doesn’t appear to be changing much. It still locates your phones, can ask them to play a sound, and also remotely lock, erase, or show a message on them.
To get the newly named app, hit that link below. (more…)
You can now go to Google.com in a web browser and type “Find my phone” to see the exact location of your potentially-lost device. How cool is that?
Google will now locate your phone through Google Search, just like it does in the Android Device Manager app. All you need is the latest version of the Google (Search) app installed and this should work. It may ask that you sign-in to your Google account before it completes the task, but seriously, that’s it, at least according to a G+ post today from the search giant. (more…)
This morning, the Android team announced support for Android Device Manager from Android Wear devices, making the frustration of misplacing your phone a tiny bit less of an issue. (more…)
Over the last couple of days, Google issued updates to YouTube, Android Device Manager, and Google+. In tow with the new versions are little more than minor usability improvements and minor stylistic enhancements. Complete design transformations are probably a ways off – closer to Android L’s finalization, most likely – and there aren’t any overt signs that certain highly anticipated features are nearing the implementation stage. Still, we’ll take what we can get. (more…)
Google is becoming more serious about security on Android. The search giant issued a statement yesterday confirming it will introduce a so-called kill switch into the next version of Android, a feature that will enable owners to prevent thieves from factory resetting stolen phones. That follows Apple’s implementation of a similar technology in iOS 7, which one consumer advocacy group said helped to reduce iPhone thefts in San Francisco by 38 percent. (more…)
I would argue that Android Device Manager is not quite as seamless or pretty as its iOS equivalent, but it is getting better. Google debuted the app form of ADM late last year, but for people without a second Android device, it was not of much use if their one device was ever lost or stolen. Today, the company has made Android Device Manager a little more practical with the addition of a guest mode. (more…)
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. (more…)
When Google first announced Android Device Manager to help Android users find our lost phones, we were pretty excited. The one downside to the service was that part of it was a hard-to-find setting baked into Android itself, while the actual interface piece required you to open a web browser. Today, Google announced that Device Manager is being moved to its own application in your app drawer for ease of use. (more…)