Android Device Manager was announced by Google last week as a service that will help locate or ring your Android device directly from within a browser, and it is now live and ready to be used on Android 2.2+ devices.
If you head over to the source link, you’ll see your phone’s current location on a map, with the option to ring the phone or remote wipe it by pressing the relevant buttons. To enable either function, you’ll have to enable the corresponding option in the Google Settings app on your device, which should have been automatically updated with the necessary changes (if not, it should in the next few hours). You’ll also have to make the service a Device Administrator in Settings » Security » Device administrators on your phone to enable location tracking.
While the debut of Android Device Manager (ADM) is one of the best things to happen to the OS in recent times, it looks like most will never know that it exists as there’s no notification or indication of any kind that ADM has been installed on a device, which might render the service kind of, well, useless. But hey, let’s not look a gift horse in the mouth and just be glad Google finally got around to building in the necessary functionality to help locate our precious smartphones.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m of to ring my phone from ADM. It’s fun.
Source: Android Device Manager