Android App News - A New Google Service for lost Android Smartphones or Tablets
Not strictly a new app, Google has now unveiled a new service designed to help locate lost Android devices of any kind, with the added bonus of being able to make the device ring even if it's silienced and even erase it from afar. But, is this service really useful ?
We tried to make it ring, and it worked, though it took several tries for the smartphone to make one ring. We didn't try silencing the smartphone or turning it off and see what will happen.
And we very definitely did not try erasing our device. We do not have that many smartphones to spare, though we see no reason if the ring works why erasing the device from the service wouldn't work, on the condition we enabled factory reset on the device in advance.
So, is it useful? That depends. For finding lost silenced smartphones (a well known problem), it sure is useful. But, when your smartphone's lost. there are better apps on Google Play, apps that know to picture the thief and send you other information, more helpful in retrieving your lost smartphone.