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Android Device Manager to get remote password changing and device locking, report says

A new Android Device Manager update will apparently bring remote password changing and device locking to Google's Android device tracking tool.
September 17, 2013
Android Device Manager web interface

A new update is apparently in the works for Android Device Manager, which will bring users new features including remote password changing and device locking.

Android Police has discovered traces for these new ADM features in the new Google Play Services APK 3.2.64, although they’re yet to be confirmed officially by the company.

The publication speculates that the new ADM update will be released in the near future, considering its past experience with Google Play Services APK – ADM was similarly spotted in an APK teardown a few days ahead of its actual launch.

In addition to finding hints that remote password changing and device locking is coming to ADM, Android Police has also discovered an image on the Android Device Manager website that highlights the new functionality (see below).

Android Device Manager

In case you’re not familiar with it, Android Device Manager is a new Google feature that lets you track lost or stolen devices, ring them and wipe them remotely – but that’s all that you can do so far.

Being able to remotely change the password of an Android device and lock it are features that could be very helpful when trying to retrieve a smartphone or tablet and even preserve the associated personal data in the process.


We’ll be back with more details about the new ADM features when Google makes them official.