There’s no shortage of third-party Android tracking apps out there, including Find My Phone, SeekDroid and Lookout’s Plan B – to name but a few.
I’m somewhat surprised that Google didn’t already offer its own Android phone-tracking service, but there’s one on its way later this month. Sounds pretty decent, too.
It’s called Android Device Manager (not to be confused with Windows Device Manager), and should appeal to those who tend to lose mobiles down the couch or leave them in the cinema and that.
All the usual phone tracking features are present, so you can firstly make your phone ring at ludicrous volume – even if it’s technically on silent.
Or, if your phone is out of earshot, you can use Android Device Manager to track it on a map in real time.
Finally, as a last resort, if you’re sure your phone has been stolen and/or fear that your precious selfies might be compromised, you can remotely wipe your data.
Android Device Manager will touch down later this month, and is compatible with devices running Android 2.2 (Froyo) or above. No specific word on price, but I reckon it’s pretty safe to say it’ll be free.