Android Device Manager is Google’s Find My iPhone

Google Android finally has an official equivalent to Apple’s “Find My iPhone” feature. It’s called Android Device Manager. It allows you to locate your errant Android device through Google Maps/GPS and force your device to ring at the maximum volume. If neither of those options help you find your Android phone or tablet then a remote data wipe can be performed.

While a number of third-party apps have offered this type of functionality for Android, I’ve always been puzzled that there was never a first-party solution. It’s too important a feature to leave in the hands of third-party developers. Don’t get me wrong, some of those apps are very good, but this type of security should be a simple and straightforward first-party solution.

People that search for an app like this on Google Play are met with an overwhelming amount of choices; it’s confusing and many people give up their data to a company they don’t know. An official solution was long overdue and it appears, on paper, to be a good one. As for data concerns, Google already knows everything about you anyway. :p

Android Device Manager will be available in August for devices running Android 2.2 or higher.

Out of curiosity, do any of you use a third-party Android app with “Find My iPhone” functionality? If so, are you going to drop it for Android Device Manager? If not, are you going to use Google’s official solution?


Author: RPadTV