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As My Accounts turns 1 year old, Google unveils 2 new nifty features
It was one year ago today that Google launched their My Accounts program. It’s hard to imagine it’s only been a year, because the privacy-protecting multi-service hub has become a seamless part of our everyday Google experience. In honor of this occasion, Google has announced on their official blog that they will soon be rolling out two new features to the service.
First and foremost, Google is making it easier to find your phone in the event that it is lost or stolen. As our phones increasingly contain sensitive personal information, the potential danger of our devices falling into the wrong hands is on the rise. Since millions of smartphones are stolen each year in just the US, Google is expanding their Find Your Phone capabilities. Although it’s long been possible to locate your device through My Accounts, now you can also lock it, call it, display a callback number on the screen, quarantine the device from your account, and more. You’ll also be able to vocally activate this feature from the Google browser or the soon-to-arrive Google Home personal assistant by simply uttering that vile and hated phrase: “I lost my phone.”
Speaking of voice commands, Google is also making My Accounts easier to get to by letting you access it by saying “Show me my Google account.” This feature is already available in English, but the company says they are gradually expanding it to include other languages as well. Furthermore, Googling yourself will now display a link to your account from mobile or desktop browsers, assuming you’re signed into your account. This capability isn’t quite live yet, but Google says it’s coming soon.
What are your thoughts regarding these new features coming to My Accounts? Let us know your take in the comments below!