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Android Device Manager is a new app that makes it easy to locate a missing device – or protect your data when you can’t.

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You know that moment right before you’re about to leave the house and you realize you forgot to grab your phone, but when you go to get it, it isn’t where you could’ve sworn you left it? There is now an app for that. Android Product Manager Benjamin Poiesz took to the official Android blog today to announce Android Device Manager, an upcoming app/website combo that helps you locate your missing device, or wipe it if you can’t.

Using Android Device Manager sounds simple enough. Is your phone missing? Log into the Device Manager site and trigger your phone to ring at maximum volume until you find it. But let’s say you ring it, and it definitely isn’t there. You can use your phone’s built-in GPS to locate it on a map, to help you realize you left it at the restaurant, not the movie theater.

Or, in the worst case scenario, if your phone has gone totally rogue, you can choose to wipe it completely, so that whoever finds it doesn’t have access to your data.

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Android Device Manager will be available on all devices running Android 2.2 or higher, which should cover just about everyone (and if you’re aren’t running at least Android 2.2, maybe losing your phone wouldn’t be such a bad thing?). Even better is that it will be part of the Google Play services, so you won’t actually have to download the app in order to use service, as long as you are logged into your Google account on your device.

This is all well and great, and an important feature for Android users, but let’s not forget that Google is playing catch up here. Apple users have had Find my iPhone and Windows Phone fans have had Find My Phone for quite some time now.

  1. Seriously? These kind of apps have been around for years, this is not news

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  2. While it may be true that this app is behind in terms of google offering that particular service…there are plenty of free or paid apps that do exactly what this one does…

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  3. Sorry Alex Colon, but need to get with the times here. Android has had “My Lookout” that does more than what’s featured here and My Lookout has been on the market since the original Droid released on Verizon’s network. Apple had to play catch up.

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  4. “Seek Droid” has been doing this for quite some time.

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  5. Dumb Article Friday, August 2, 2013

    “Google is playing catch up?” Like the other comments have said, this is nothing new. There’s been a handful of Track/Wipe apps in the Android app store for a long time – well before iCloud. The author of this article definitely sounds like a typical iPhone user, not knowing anything about anything past that little fruit logo on the phone.

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  6. ::finger wave:: This is not the Droid you are looking for.

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  7. I think the point here is that the app will now be baked into the OS- instead of necessitating a download or payment. I already bought Cerberus … which takes a photo of whoever using it if stolen etc.

    The real question is why wasn’t this done YEARS ago?

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    1. This is exactly the case for SamsungDive that is integrated inside firmware…

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  8. Samsung have it integrated in every device since years… (Samsung Dive). Also AirDroid is around for more then 2 years…

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  9. >>This is exactly the case for SamsungDive that is integrated inside firmware…<<

    US carriers disabled the ability to use Dive, at least in the S3.

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