The Google feature should prove a godsend for Android users who are prone to misplacing their mobile devices. Once a handset is connected to the Android Device Manager, users are able to force the handset to ring at max volume (even if the phone is in silent mode) via the service’s controls. If the device is well beyond earshot, the device manager also allows users to track the handset on a map in real time.
The Android Device Manager also offers protective features for those with secure content stored on their devices. In the event that a device has been stolen or can’t be recovered, users can quickly and safely wipe all data from their devices via the manager.
The service is now available on devices running Android 2.2 and higher. However, to use the service, users will also need to be logged into a Google account. Google has also announced plans for an additional Android app that will allow uses to find and manage their devices.