One feature that many of us have been wanting for quite a while on Android have been a ‘Find my iPhone’ type app or service that didn’t require a third-party app download. Apple has had it on their iOS devices for a few years now. It essentially allows you to see where your phone is, and you can make it ring so you can find it or completely wipe the device so if someone does pick it up, they won’t have access to your personal information. Now Google is looking to release something similar. It’s called Android Device Manager. It’ll allow users to see where their device is in real time. The location is said to be accurate up to 20 meters. You’ll also be able to wipes your device and you can make it ring. Pretty much the same features as Apple’s Find my iPhone app.
Google says that it’ll require Android 2.2 and above. Which as we found out this morning, that’s about 98.7% of Android phones out there. You’ll also need to have it hooked up to a Google account. This has been something that’s been a long time coming for Google, as Android has been missing this functionality. But that hasn’t stopped developers from creating their own service. Thus, Google just put a bunch of apps out of work. Google hasn’t yet announced a release date for the Android Device Manager, but they have made it official on their blog. So we’d expect that it’s coming soon. Hopefully it’ll be part of Google Play Services, so that way everyone has it and they don’t have to worry about downloading it.
It’s great to see this functionality finally coming to Android. Hopefully it does launch very soon. This has been one area where Apple and Microsoft has had the advantage. But with Google Maps, this service will probably work much better than Apple’s and Microsoft’s which are near perfect, for what they are supposed to do.