Great news for the absent minded Android user, Google’s recently announced Android Device Manager is now officially live. The service allows Android users to track down their misplaced Android devices using a handy web interface, and currently offers 2 ways of doing it.
First, if you simply misplaced your Android device in your nearby vicinity, you can trigger the ringer on your phone at maximum volume for 5 minutes, even if you set your phone to silent. The other method is by using Google’s location services to show exactly where your phone is on a map, useful for finding out if you left your phone at the restaurant or the club.
In the event that you can’t recover your device and it ends up in the possession of an unsavory character, you can erase all the data on your device by performing a remote wipe. The best part about Android Device Manager is that it’s available for any Android device running Android 2.2 or above. Oh, that’s 98.7% of active Android devices — what was that about fragmentation? ;)
Google tells us an Android app is also in the works but in the meantime, you can jump onto www.android.com/devicemanager to try it out Android Device Manager for yourself.