Google has launched a remote management application which will allow users to track, locate and wipe lost devices.
The company said that its Android Device Manager will provide a set of long-awaited security utilities to manage Android devices that have been lost or stolen. Using the device manager tool, users will not only be able to track their handsets and remotely wipe data, but also activate a handset's ringtone to locate misplaced phones.
Google Android product manager Benjamin Poiesz said that the aim of the Device Manager was to provide basic tracking and wipe functions to users who are not already running third-party security and management tools.
“Later this month, the new Android Device Manager can help you out,” Poiesz wrote on the Android blog.
“It's one of a few simple features you can use to keep your device - and the data you store inside - safe and secure.”
Mobile tracking and wipe devices have emerged as a preferred method for managing lost and stolen devices. With the rise in consumerisation, enterprises have relied on such tools to help prevent the loss of corporate data when employees lose their devices. Microsoft recently revealed that it would be expanding remote wipe tools to its Windows RT platform with the Windows 8.1 OS update.
Law enforcement officials have advocated remote wipe and locking tools as a means for helping to thwart crime.
Google has also recently moved to expand its security lineup in the enterprise space. The company's Apps for Business line was updated to send alerts to administrators when changes have been made to their network infrastructure.
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