A feature coming in Lollipop will prevent unauthorized factory resets by asking for the user’s Google credentials. If enough devices out there are difficult or impossible to wipe, the incentive for stealing them could go down dramatically.
Google has stepped forward to announce that they will enable device encryption by default in Android L. Taking user security a step beyond remote locate, lock and wipe as can be found now through the Android Device Manager.
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When you lock your phone from Android Device Manager, you can now add a phone number so whoever has your precious device can easily contact you right from the phone.
Google stated that the next version of Android will include a “factory reset protection solution,” in other words, a permanent lock feature that can’t be bypassed with a simple factory reset.
Google is adding a small feature to Android Device Manager, that should make it a tad easier to locate and manage your misplaced device.
A “kill switch” bill went before California state Senate this week. The bill would have made it mandatory for device manufacturers to install a method for rendering stolen devices inoperable. After the votes were tallied, 19 in favor and 17 against simply did not meet the 21 votes needed to pass the bill.
Google’s Android Device Manager has received a new update that allows you to require a password in order to launch the app or switch accounts.
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Google released an Android app for its Android Device Manager service, which allows users to locate, ring, lock, and wipe devices remotely. Previously, the service was only available via a web interface.