Google puts its own “find my device” app in the Play Store


After quite a long wait, Google released the Android equivalent of Apple’s “Find my iPhone” app.

The app, which is now free in the Google Play Store, is based on the Android Device Manager location service which was first released in August but only available through a browser.

The app provides essentially the same functionality as the website, allowing users to locate a missing or misplaced device on Google Maps and have it ring at full volume, even if it has been muted before being lost, for five minutes.

The app also allows Android device owners to remotely add a screen lock to their device to prevent unlocked devices from being used by someone else before they are found, and supports supports remote data erasure.

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Although it does the same as the web version, as Google notes in its announcement, the idea behind it is to make it easier for users to use the service if they are away and do not have access to a computer.

The app (on a Nexus 7 2013 edition at least) also seems a bit more responsive than the web interface on the tablet, making it easier to locate an Android phone from the tablet or vice versa.

While Canalys analysts predict that 185 million Android tablets will be sold in 2014, representing 65% of total PC sales, Google’s delivery of its own locator and remote erase app seems timely. It will have to compete with the dozens of third-party Android security apps already available, offering features similar to Android Device Manager.

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