Google may add a kill-switch to the next Android version

The ease of access to the Internet and belonging content on smartphones has enslaved us and 'Smartphone addiction' is now actually a well-known term in psychiatric medical circles. You may be as careful as they come when it comes to your beloved smartphone. However, we're all only human, a little carelessness could lead your smartphone in to the hands of someone unscrupulous, which is definitely one of the worst nightmares one could think of. To combat this menace, apart from being more alert and observant, a plethora of 'anti-theft' Android apps are available. Though these apps are nothing more than a stop-gap arrangement which would help you to trace your device, and even remotely wipe it. Android already has the inbuilt Android Device Manager which provides users with the option to remotely wipe or lock their stolen devices. It also is capable of tracking the phones' location - for which the GPS needs to be switched on. The device manager can be accessed on your android phone through Google Setting > Android Device Manager. You will need to check both the options 'Remotely locate this device' and 'Allow remote lock and factory reset'.

However the best option comes in the form of a 'kill-switch' which would prevent the device from being used on any carrier network, effectively rendering the device useless. Incidentally, it was Apple which implemented a kill-switch with iOS 7. The efficacy of this aspect was alluded to in a New York Times article, which pointed to a 19 percent decline in iPhone thefts in 2014 (versus the same period in 2013). PC World reports that Google is planning to add the kill-switch feature to the next iteration of Android, while Microsoft could implement the feature in its Windows Phone OS as well. If what PC World reports is true, we could get to know more about the kill-switch feature at the upcoming Google I/O 2014 conference, which is scheduled for the 25 and 26 of this month. Stay tuned with Android Headlines and we'll bring you news as it happens from Google I/O.

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My involvement with Android - as a fan and user - started in 2009-10 when I had dual-booted Android 2.2 Froyo on my SE Xperia X1. I have been following the rapid (and much deserved) rise of Android since then and have been rooting and flashing every android phone I could get my hands on. A self-proclaimed tech expert, in my free time I catch up on my reading and play with my one-year-old daughter.