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.
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.