Aug 4, 2013

Google finally has an answer to Apple's Find My iPhone. Android users had to resort to 3rd party apps until now. Google today announced that it’ll launch a new Android Device Manager later this month that will allow you to locate and ring your misplaced (or stolen) device and perform a remote wipe so your data doesn't end up in the wrong hands.

The service, Google says, will be available on devices running Android 2.2 or up and judging from the announcement, the Android Device Manager site will feature a dedicated area for pinging your lost device. It’s not clear what else users will be able to do on the new Device Manager site, however.

Overall, of course, this new service looks a lot like Apple’s Find My iPhone feature. You’ll be able to make your phone ring at maximum volume, for example. The locator feature will highlight your phone’s location on a map and remote wiping just takes a few clicks. Unlike on Apple’s platform, though, it doesn't look like users will be able to send messages to their lost phones or use something akin to Apple’s remote lock tool.