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  • Android Finally Gets Find My iPhone Like Feature


    As both Apple and Google continue to compete against one another, Google’s Android platform seems to be catching up to Apple’s iOS platform in at least one aspect. Android devices will soon be able to track the location of their phone much in the same way that iPhone owners have been able to do since 2010.

    The Android team recently revealed in a blog post that the new Android Device Manager (ADM) feature will roll out later this month for devices running Android 2.2 Froyo or later. This covers all but 1.3% of Android devices according to Google’s figures. The new feature will allow device owners to ring a phone at maximum volume in order to find it, even if it has been silenced. Users can also locate a device on a map with real-time location data. If the phone can’t be recovered, ADM also allows for the secure erasure of all the data on a device.

    As a result of ADM, Google seems to have become a latecomer to the phone location and remote interaction game. Apple and Microsoft have had a “find my phone” feature built into their mobile platforms since 2010. Apple has spent the three years since introducing Find My iPhone steadily improving the feature. In December, the iPhone maker added driving directions to the app and the iOS 7 beta includes both a password disabling feature that locks a device out of a user’s iTunes account and an activation lock feature that shuts a phone down entirely.

    Other Android device manufacturers have already stepped in where Google hadn’t. Sony for instance, Sony’s my Xperia security service for its Android-powered Xperia line. This feature allows users to sound alarms wake a device’s display, lock a phone, or remotely erase data if necessary.

    We’ll have to see if the move helps Android gain an edge over the iOS platform in the ongoing mobile wars.

    Source: Android (blog)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Android Finally Gets Find My iPhone Like Feature started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 32 Comments
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      "This covers all but 1.3% of Android devices according to Google’s figures." LOL i wonder why?? Oh that's right they don't update there software to there customers.
    1. brab's Avatar
      brab -
      HTC had that on Android since September 2010...
      HTCSense.com will backup and remotely locate / wipe HTC devices
      So even before iOS (iOS received support in November 2010 in iOS 4.2)...

      So your title is bollocks...this is the first time it will be released as an app integrated in the system...as a web service it existed long long time ago...

      Quote Originally Posted by Carvensno View Post
      "This covers all but 1.3% of Android devices according to Google’s figures." LOL i wonder why?? Oh that's right they don't update there software to there customers.
      Dictionary is your friend...big friend! - Their | What is the Definition of Their? | Dictionary.com
      And it's FOR their customers, not to...

      1.3% is a miniscule number...how many customers you think were left out of updates by for instance Apple denying iOS6 for iPad1 users?

      Quote Originally Posted by Akshay Masand View Post
      We’ll have to see if the move helps Android gain an edge over the iOS platform in the ongoing mobile wars.
      Your attemps to be philosophical are laughable...
    1. AKCHRIS's Avatar
      AKCHRIS -
      LOL..look who's copying who now. I thought droid had something like this anyway, I guess not.

      Find My iPhone - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    1. smith01's Avatar
      smith01 -
      Samsung have always had that feature so its nothing new.
      And there are thousands of apps that do it too so again Android have multiple ways to track your phone where iPhone has 1.
      And dont forget Google Latitude which was doing it forever, way before Apple introduced it into IOS so again Apple are the ones copying it.
      Oh, Google Latitude is closing and the tracking is now part of Maps and Google+.

      I've noticed the iPhone has 1 way to do things where Android has many ways as standard then there are apps which do many more.
      If you want to customize your phone in the easiest way then Android is the way to go.
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      Quote Originally Posted by brab View Post
      Dictionary is your friend...big friend! - Their | What is the Definition of Their? | Dictionary.com
      And it's FOR their customers, not to...

      1.3% is a miniscule number...how many customers you think were left out of updates by for instance Apple denying iOS6 for iPad1 users?
      That's because iOS6 was to much software for the hardware. Just like they included iOS5 for the 3G and they shouldn't have. Slowed the phone down way to much.

      You need to get a life if your going to be anal to correct someone for using the wrong spelling of a word. Plus I'm not working or writing a report for school so ask me if i give a $hyt.

      Quote Originally Posted by smith01 View Post
      Samsung have always had that feature so its nothing new.
      And there are thousands of apps that do it too so again Android have multiple ways to track your phone where iPhone has 1.
      And dont forget Google Latitude which was doing it forever, way before Apple introduced it into IOS so again Apple are the ones copying it.
      Oh, Google Latitude is closing and the tracking is now part of Maps and Google+.

      I've noticed the iPhone has 1 way to do things where Android has many ways as standard then there are apps which do many more.
      If you want to customize your phone in the easiest way then Android is the way to go.

      And why are you on here? You joined in June and looking at your postings your on here bashing Apple. What? Are you friends with jongarret? LMAO. You need to get a life
    1. zrevai's Avatar
      zrevai -
      I first used the Find My iPhone Service back when MobileMe was still active. I remember when Find My iPhone was free if you had any iPhone 4, iPad, or fourth-generation iPod touch running iOS 4.2.

      Quick History Lesson:

      Find My iPhone was first released as an app in June 2010 for users of MobileMe. In November 2010 with iOS 4.2, Find My iPhone was available for free for some devices.

      With the release of iCloud in October 2011, the service became free for all iCloud users. Also, the service was made available as "Find My Mac" for Mac computers running OS X 10.7.2 "Lion" or later using iCloud.

      Version Number - Date released
      Changes

      1.0 - June 15, 2010
      Initial release

      1.0.1 - September 7, 2010
      Support for iPod touch 4th generation
      Translation and bug fixes

      1.1 - November 22, 2010
      Released for free for supported devices running iOS 4.2
      New languages are supported

      1.2 - June 6, 2011
      If device was offline when the user attempt to locate it, an email will be sent when it comes online and is located.
      Ability to remove a device that is offline

      1.2.1 - August 8, 2011
      Stability improvements

      1.3 - October 12, 2011
      iCloud support
      Find My Mac
      Ability to request an email when a device is located that was previously offline

      1.4 - March 7, 2012
      Support for iPad (3rd generation)
      Bug fixes and stability improvements

      2.0 - September 19, 2012
      Lost Mode for iOS 6 or later
      Battery charge indicator
      Forever login for iOS 6 or later

      2.0.1 - December 11, 2012
      Driving directions to the device's location for iOS 6 or later
      Several buttons ("Play Sound", "Lost Mode", and "Erase Device") were moved to a separate screen from the map view

      2.0.2 - March 21, 2013
      Bug fixes and stability improvements
    1. Swatme101's Avatar
      Swatme101 -
      Quote Originally Posted by brab View Post
      HTC had that on Android since September 2010...
      HTCSense.com will backup and remotely locate / wipe HTC devices
      So even before iOS (iOS received support in November 2010 in iOS 4.2)...

      So your title is bollocks...this is the first time it will be released as an app integrated in the system...as a web service it existed long long time ago...



      Dictionary is your friend...big friend! - Their | What is the Definition of Their? | Dictionary.com
      And it's FOR their customers, not to...

      1.3% is a miniscule number...how many customers you think were left out of updates by for instance Apple denying iOS6 for iPad1 users?



      Your attemps to be philosophical are laughable...
      Not that was always need the same opinion all the time, but why are you even on a site dedicated to Apple news and devices?!
    1. JeremiahSantos's Avatar
      JeremiahSantos -
      this is a good move by the OS and quite predictable as well as anytime sooner the OS has to find a way to get up the same app it has got now ..
    1. Liveitlive's Avatar
      Liveitlive -
      Quote Originally Posted by Carvensno View Post
      That's because iOS6 was to much software for the hardware. Just like they included iOS5 for the 3G and they shouldn't have. Slowed the phone down way to much.

      You need to get a life if your going to be anal to correct someone for using the wrong spelling of a word. Plus I'm not working or writing a report for school so ask me if i give a $hyt.




      And why are you on here? You joined in June and looking at your postings your on here bashing Apple. What? Are you friends with jongarret? LMAO. You need to get a life
      Attention seeker just like John G... Ignore them, and they will retreat back under their respective bridges soon enough. Lol.
    1. krosis's Avatar
      krosis -
      Quote Originally Posted by Carvensno View Post
      That's because iOS6 was to much software for the hardware. Just like they included iOS5 for the 3G and they shouldn't have. Slowed the phone down way to much.
      His point was that Google isn't the only company that doesn't provide 100% support for everyone as your first post implied. Apple also didn't release iOS5 for the 3G - they didn't even release iOS 4.3 for the 3G. Combine that with them setting iOS 4.3 as the default minimum target in Xcode, and anyone still using a 3G (I personally know of at least 3) has found an increasing number of app updates no longer work on their device.

      Quote Originally Posted by smith01 View Post
      And dont forget Google Latitude which was doing it forever, way before Apple introduced it into IOS so again Apple are the ones copying it.
      Oh, Google Latitude is closing and the tracking is now part of Maps and Google+.
      I think you're confusing the "Find my iPhone" and "Find my Friends" apps on iOS. Find my iPhone was never about sharing your location with friends, it's for finding your own phone, and issuing remote commands (lock, message, ring, wipe). Find my Friends does more or less the same as latitude.

      The activation lock is really Find my iPhone's new killer feature, and the device security it requires means we probably won't see it widespread on android anytime soon.
    1. ThatOneProfile's Avatar
      ThatOneProfile -
      Quote Originally Posted by Carvensno View Post
      You need to get a life if your going to be anal
      you're*
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      Quote Originally Posted by krosis View Post
      His point was that Google isn't the only company that doesn't provide 100% support for everyone as your first post implied. Apple also didn't release iOS5 for the 3G - they didn't even release iOS 4.3 for the 3G. Combine that with them setting iOS 4.3 as the default minimum target in Xcode, and anyone still using a 3G (I personally know of at least 3) has found an increasing number of app updates no longer work on their device
      Sorry I stand corrected on the iOS version it was iOS 4 was thinking about lol not 5.

      And I know that not all past iDevices get updates, but as each device is produced its good for about at least 3 annual updates or 3 iOS yearly updates.

      But Google only releases updates for maybe 2-3 phones out of the 30-40 or more phones. In fact I think I just read they released 4.3 for HTC One and GS4. What about GS3 or GS2 or Nexus phones?

      This was one of my main issues and why I choose to go with iPhone 3G. I was really thinking on a Android device but read and saw a lot of people were complaining because they were receiving updates as promised. For myself I'd rather go with a product/company that's going to support their product and fix bugs and/or add features.
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      Quote Originally Posted by Carvensno View Post
      "This covers all but 1.3% of Android devices according to Google’s figures." LOL i wonder why?? Oh that's right they don't update there software to there customers.
      no because only 1.3 percent of users have those cheap phones that you people love to talk about., the rest of us are on modern devices and firmware like my HTC One that has superior hardware and software that destroys any iPhone past, present and near future.

      Quote Originally Posted by AKCHRIS View Post
      LOL..look who's copying who now. I thought droid had something like this anyway, I guess not.

      Find My iPhone - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
      copying? seriously? HTC has had this for years., fact checks are amazing tools. lol
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      Quote Originally Posted by jOnGarrett View Post
      no because only 1.3 percent of users have those cheap phones that you people love to talk about., the rest of us are on modern devices and firmware like my HTC One that has superior hardware and software that destroys any iPhone past, present and near future.



      copying? seriously? HTC has had this for years., fact checks are amazing tools. lol
      I'm sorry did someone say something? All I heard was blah blah blah!
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Swatme101 View Post
      Not that was always need the same opinion all the time, but why are you even on a site dedicated to Apple news and devices?!
      Why is an article about Android on "a site dedicated to Apple news and devices?!"

      Lol
    1. The6uest's Avatar
      The6uest -
      Quote Originally Posted by smith01 View Post
      I've noticed the iPhone has 1 way to do things where Android has many ways as standard then there are apps which do many more.
      If you want to customize your phone in the easiest way then Android is the way to go.
      You noticed wrong then. There are other apps that locate iPhones besides Find my Phone and many other apps that do many other things just like Android. If you don't like the iPhone and just want to make up stories then why bother coming to this site at all?
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      I was surprised it took JonGarrett so long to respond to this post. I figured he would've been the first one dangling from Fandroids nuts!

      Sorry...I'm drunk and trolling!

      So, suck it!
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by smith01 View Post
      Samsung have always had that feature so its nothing new.
      And there are thousands of apps that do it too so again Android have multiple ways to track your phone where iPhone has 1.
      And dont forget Google Latitude which was doing it forever, way before Apple introduced it into IOS so again Apple are the ones copying it.
      Oh, Google Latitude is closing and the tracking is now part of Maps and Google+.

      I've noticed the iPhone has 1 way to do things where Android has many ways as standard then there are apps which do many more.
      If you want to customize your phone in the easiest way then Android is the way to go.
      Usually that 1 way is better than the 10 ways you can do it on an android though. I've tried samsungs version, I've tried Cerberus and a few others for android. None are as easy to use, setup and fully integrated as findmyiphone. Maybe this new service will be, time will tell.

      Quote Originally Posted by jOnGarrett View Post
      no because only 1.3 percent of users have those cheap phones that you people love to talk about., the rest of us are on modern devices and firmware like my HTC One that has superior hardware and software that destroys any iPhone past, present and near future.



      copying? seriously? HTC has had this for years., fact checks are amazing tools. lol
      Just got a S4 (still have a iPhone 5 too) and gotta say it is one sexy phone. Android is good on it, love all I can customize with it. So with all these boasted specs I was looking forward to seeing what it could do. As a person who used both android and iOS regularly the biggest flaw with an S4 IMO is that it runs android. It's hard to explain but android just doesn't feel as polished and smooth as iOS does. Touching an icon feels delayed in it opening. Scrolling feels stiff. Gallery is just awful performance wise, takes forever to load things and reacts very slowly (thank goodness for quick pic in google play store). I've had the s4 for about 2 weeks now and it has inexplicably rebooted itself 3 times and frozen to the point where I have to hard reboot it twice. I can't remember the last time I had to reboot my iPhone 5. If I could run iOS on that hardware I would be in heaven.
      Oh, and came across an opportunity to use NFC like Samsung touts in their little commercial. Not as easy as just touching another android (was a s3 to my S4 in this case). Ended up just bluetoothing the pic over because trying to "bump" it over proved to be a not so user friendly task.
      With all that being said from androids negatives come its positives in that most issues I have with androids core features can be modded or outright replaced by another app, the choice of customizations is really great IMO. iOS lacks this choice, it does a lot of things a hell of a lot better than android does but if something doesn't work right or just doesn't appeal to someone that same level of choice isn't there, at least not with a stock iPhone. Jail broken iPhone and sky is the limit just as much as android.
    1. LucySterling's Avatar
      LucySterling -
      Finally, androids catching on. Watch the android fan boys call out saying this is a feature they've had before the iphone even came out. SMH
    1. brab's Avatar
      brab -
      Quote Originally Posted by Carvensno View Post
      That's because iOS6 was to much software for the hardware. Just like they included iOS5 for the 3G and they shouldn't have. Slowed the phone down way to much.

      You need to get a life if your going to be anal to correct someone for using the wrong spelling of a word. Plus I'm not working or writing a report for school so ask me if i give a $hyt.
      Just like proper grammar is too much software for your hardware? Hahaha

      If you really believe what you wrote you are a sheep.

      Quote Originally Posted by Swatme101 View Post
      Not that was always need the same opinion all the time, but why are you even on a site dedicated to Apple news and devices?!
      Not that I am in belief that you need to own a device just to be able to give your opinion, but if you have checked my profile before posting you wouldn't ask this.

      I have owned an iOS device since 2007, but just because I have a brain and can think for myself I will not turn into an iSheep.
      Plus to that I hate when news are skewed to reflect ones opinion...report it as it really is!