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Google Announces Android Device Manager For Later This Month

Soulskill posted about a year ago | from the remote-phonetrol dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Google today announced Android Device Manager, a new app coming later this month that helps you find your lost phone or tablet. The service will be available for devices running Android 2.2 (Froyo) or above. Details are scarce right now, but Google does say Android Device Manager will let you ring your phone at maximum volume so you can find it, even if it's been silenced. We also know you'll need to be signed into your Google Account to use the service."

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What about migrating phones? (1)

countach44 (790998) | about a year ago | (#44460921)

Seems to fill the purpose of lot of other apps like Android lost, etc... What I would really like to see is a nice way to migrate from an old phone to a new one.

Re:What about migrating phones? (2)

Rato Ruter (1008363) | about a year ago | (#44461023)

There's a setting 'Backup phone to Google Servers' that restores all your data in another device. It frightened me when I first opened my nexus 7 all my wifi passwords were loaded.

Re:What about migrating phones? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44461199)

How's that work for your Angry Birds progress? Never worked for me.

It'd be really nice if developers offered save games, or apps could move with them.

Re:What about migrating phones? (2)

Rathus (664608) | about a year ago | (#44461263)

It doesn't, sadly. It just reinstalls all your apps you've purchased. At Google I/O this year they did however unveil a way to devs to store your saved games in a secure section of google drive including features like conflict resolution (merging saves from 2 different devices). It's up to the devs to actually make use of these features however.

Re:What about migrating phones? (3, Insightful)

Synerg1y (2169962) | about a year ago | (#44461215)

You don't think the NSA wants to take the time to brute force your wifi key do you?

Re:What about migrating phones? (1)

countach44 (790998) | about a year ago | (#44461331)

That will save Google data, but AFAIK it doesn't do data specific to 3rd party apps (at least not when I upgraded last year). I have a very cursory knowledge of Android, but I feel that if apps operate in a sandbox, their state should be saved in a known location and therefore be migratible.

Re:What about migrating phones? (2)

robmv (855035) | about a year ago | (#44461377)

Doesn't work, not because of Google but because applications developers do not use the platform API [android.com] to backup and restore the data

Re:What about migrating phones? (1)

LordKronos (470910) | about a year ago | (#44462753)

Although I haven't yet researched the answer online, I wish Android would provide a little better explanation of just how the backup feature works. I've got an android tablet and an android phone. I've installed different software on each one. I'm unclear on how the backup/restore works with multiple devices. When restoring to a brand new device, does it prompt you as to which old device's backup you want to restore from?

Re:What about migrating phones? (1)

icebike (68054) | about a year ago | (#44461269)

Seems to fill the purpose of lot of other apps like Android lost, etc... What I would really like to see is a nice way to migrate from an old phone to a new one.

One wonders why Google wanted in this market, when it was so (more than) adequately populated with other apps.

Its not the first application space totally taken over by Google to the detriment of some of the very same developers Google was clamoring for early on.

Re:What about migrating phones? (3, Interesting)

farble1670 (803356) | about a year ago | (#44461943)

One wonders why Google wanted in this market, when it was so (more than) adequately populated with other apps.

1. because "find my device" is something users expect for free, and the free offerings available are either weak or crippled.
2. because tracking / locating is a sensitive feature, and people trust google more than others
3. because find my phone is something that people don't know they need until they need it, so if it can be one of the pre-installed google apps, all the better

Re:What about migrating phones? (3, Insightful)

bigdanmoody (599431) | about a year ago | (#44462055)

Because I know that Google already knows where my phone is?

Re:What about migrating phones? (1)

icebike (68054) | about a year ago | (#44462061)

The Free ones are neither weak or crippled. True, there are additional capabilities in the some of the paid versions.

Number 2 used to be true. Sadly there is a lot of post Snowden rethinking of this.

Number 3 is pretty much false, because even air-headed teenagers know to put a find-phone-app on their phone and the best ones are free, and even Plan 9 (Morning after pill of find-phone-apps) is free.

Re:What about migrating phones? (1)

farble1670 (803356) | about a year ago | (#44462863)

Number 3 is pretty much false, because even air-headed teenagers know to put a find-phone-app on their phone and the best ones are free, and even Plan 9 (Morning after pill of find-phone-apps) is free.

first, it's plan B, and second, plan B only works on android 2 because it uses a security exploit.

Finally (4, Funny)

BasilBrush (643681) | about a year ago | (#44460987)

Finnally! Google copies Find My iPhone.

Re:Finally (1)

nomorecwrd (1193329) | about a year ago | (#44461219)

Samsung has a similar application: http://findmymobile.samsung.com/login.do [samsung.com] , it's being around for a while now.

Re:Finally (1, Insightful)

icebike (68054) | about a year ago | (#44461315)

Except that this feature has been in available for Android from a couple dozen different sources [google.com] for years.

Now who would you rather trust? Joe Small Company, hosting overseas, or Google or Apple in bed with the NSA?

Re:Finally (1)

Anubis IV (1279820) | about a year ago | (#44461833)

That's a false dichotomy, since even if you choose Joe Small Company, you still have to trust the manufacturer of your device to have not configured the OS to report back information that they then hand over to the NSA. Really, this is more of a Hobson's Choice: you can have any smartphone you want, so long as you pick one that reports back to the NSA. Choosing to trust Joe Small Company in addition to the Googles, Apples, Samsungs and Microsofts of the world is just increasing the surface area for attack against your personal liberties, rather than limiting it, as you seem to think.

It's also worth noting that there's a big difference between having a solution to a rarely-encountered problem built into the device and having a solution available for the people who think of it, decide to do something about it, and actually get through the entire process of researching the options, signing up for relevant accounts, and configuring it appropriately, all for a problem that they will statistically never encounter in all probability. What percentage of Android users do you imagine actually run an app like that among the general population? Another issue: when you have so many alternatives available for an app that is used so infrequently, it's entirely likely that if you ever actually need to use it you won't remember which app you use out of the dozens of similar-looking apps. As such, you may have a hard time or be incapable of even accessing the appropriate service. For folks like us, that may be a non-issue, but for the typical smartphone owner, it's a very real concern.

Issues like those are why it's important when it's built into the OS, like what Google, Samsung, and Apple have done. If it's not built in, it may as well not even be there at all as far as most users are concerned. That's true even for major services, but WAY more so for small, seldom-used services like these.

Re:Finally (1)

adolf (21054) | about a year ago | (#44463083)

I use services from an overseas Joe Small Company (androidlost) for my phone-finding.

And I don't care if the NSA (et al) can find my phone through that mechanism, because frankly I'm under the assumption that if the NSA wants to know where my phone is or has been, they've got other methods for finding that data.

Even I had totally unlocked, unbreakable, and open baseband and firmware (ha! right), with zero closed-source software installed at all, there is still telemetry available from the providers themselves because I'm still moving around with a chatty 2-way radio in my pocket.

*shrug*

Re:Finally (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44461855)

You are a total fucking moron if you think a mom and pop shop is any more secure than anyone else. And as for the NSA? If they want your data they'll get it. Believe me, if the government had even a passing thought that they'd be better off if you weren't breathing then you wouldn't be breathing.
 
And not to say I condone of the activity but the NSA knowing where my cell phone is isn't real high on my concern list.

Re:Finally (1)

b4dc0d3r (1268512) | about a year ago | (#44465953)

I already have a Google OS on my phone, and a Google Mail account specifically tied to just that phone. I'd rather trust Google (and the NSA) than give info to yet another third party (and the NSA).

I see no downside to trusting Google in this situation, and more downside to trusting a third party.

Re:Finally (2)

BasilBrush (643681) | about a year ago | (#44466839)

Now who would you rather trust? Joe Small Company, hosting overseas, or Google or Apple in bed with the NSA?

The blue chip company. Every time. Any company can be spied on by local and foreign spy outfits. But the small company hosting overseas might also be selling your emails to spammers and your credit card number to fraudsters.

Fragmentation? (0)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about a year ago | (#44461007)

This just goes to show why Android fragmentation is largely a non-issue, especially for users. Most of the new features are delivered as apps which are compatible with all versions going way back.

Re:Fragmentation? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44461041)

Don't kid yourself. Apple has had this for a while. Once again open sores copies the innovators.

Re:Fragmentation? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44461165)

Every phone maker has copied Apple, including Microsoft and Blackberry. Bitch more.

Re:Fragmentation? (1)

BasilBrush (643681) | about a year ago | (#44461083)

Or to put it another way, fragmentation is an especially big problem for developers. Users just have to put up with an inferior platform. Developers have huge amount of hassle.

e.g. BBC iPlayer requires 3 times as many developers of the Android version of the app as the iPhone requires. And that for an experience that is still significantly worse.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/internet/posts/Video-on-Android-Devices-Update [bbc.co.uk]

Re:Fragmentation? (1)

gl4ss (559668) | about a year ago | (#44461579)

so it has 3 developers?

if they need 6 developers for the android version they're doing something wrong or are counting graphics guys twice or thrice or some shit like that or are counting test folks who test it once a month for release as devs.

it's also possible they're just getting fleeced.

if they need 9 developers they're really getting fleeced and if they need 12 developers I got a bridge to sell to bbc.

Re:Fragmentation? (0)

scot4875 (542869) | about a year ago | (#44461963)

Nice anecdote.

Do you have any data to back it up?

--Jeremy

Re:Fragmentation? (1)

BasilBrush (643681) | about a year ago | (#44466801)

It's hardly the first example we've had on Slashdot. Open your eyes. Or maybe you're just a Fandroid, and so ignore them.

Re:Fragmentation? (2)

thegarbz (1787294) | about a year ago | (#44462103)

So what you're saying is the BBC employed poor developers and augmented them with more poor developers? Maybe they've got a poor person running the project.

Anyone who thinks fragmentation is a problem for Android is not an Android developer, or simply has no idea of the many tools that Google has to offer those who actually NEED to target the latest platform, such as embedded APIs to make apps forward compatible with features that don't exist on a specific version of Android.

Really I have yet to see any reason why anyone would specifically target Android vs 4.0 and above unless they use [insert obscure feature for specific phone here], in which case they're not targeting the mass market anyway. If anything developing iOS is more difficult because there's no unified way of handling great variance (thinking back to those apps which took up 1/4 of the iPad screen because they weren't iPad compatible)

Re:Fragmentation? (1)

BasilBrush (643681) | about a year ago | (#44466825)

So what you're saying is the BBC employed poor developers and augmented them with more poor developers?

No that's the excuse you're trying to make, based on nothing.

The BBCs reason is very specifically the fragmentation of the Android platform. Both OS and devices.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20754182 [bbc.co.uk]

Anyone who thinks fragmentation is a problem for Android is not an Android developer

The BBC developers do. As do various others that we can confirm have real apps in development. There's no evidence that the claim that there's no fragmentation problem comes from anyone who actually develops. Just fanboys.

Re:Fragmentation? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44461107)

It's only a non-issue if you don't care about API features introduced since 2.2, which most developers do. The existence of a single app has absolutely nothing to do with the API features of the Android OS.

Re:Fragmentation? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44462095)

Another AmiMoJo Android fanboy post, SURPRISE!

Or you're a weaboo fag, so maybe you'd prefer SHOCKU!

Somewhat disconcerting... (2)

harvestsun (2948641) | about a year ago | (#44461049)

I hope they require some hard proof of identity to use this service (more than just "signed into your Google Account"). It allows you to:

  • - ring the phone even if it's silent
  • - track its position using GPS
  • - wipe the data

Not a tool I'd want falling into the wrong hands.

Re:Somewhat disconcerting... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44461167)

Why? Find my iPhone only requires that you be "signed into your iCloud account".

Re:Somewhat disconcerting... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44461281)

NSA agents walking into your house: "Oh where is he hiding? Is he under the bed? No. Is he in the closet? No. Johnson, ring that one up!"

Re:Somewhat disconcerting... (1)

hawguy (1600213) | about a year ago | (#44461393)

I hope they require some hard proof of identity to use this service (more than just "signed into your Google Account"). It allows you to:

  • - ring the phone even if it's silent
  • - track its position using GPS
  • - wipe the data

Not a tool I'd want falling into the wrong hands.

What more could they require that's safer? If someone has your Google account password and can sign into your Google account, they can probably already log on to your online banking and credit card accounts, so it's not like asking for a Credit Card number or even a SSN is any form of additional protection.

Re:Somewhat disconcerting... (1)

harvestsun (2948641) | about a year ago | (#44461689)

If someone has your Google account password and can sign into your Google account, they can probably already log on to your online banking and credit card accounts

Really? How so? I can't think of any way that my banking accounts are linked to my Google account.

it's not like asking for a Credit Card number or even a SSN is any form of additional protection

I was thinking more of a personal security question with a 10 attempt limit. Asking for a SSN seems a little extreme.

Re:Somewhat disconcerting... (1)

hawguy (1600213) | about a year ago | (#44461807)

If someone has your Google account password and can sign into your Google account, they can probably already log on to your online banking and credit card accounts

Really? How so? I can't think of any way that my banking accounts are linked to my Google account.

Many people link their online accounts to their email accounts, and many banks still use simple security questions for emailed password resets that anyone with access to your email account can probably answer. "What year did you graduate high school" - search for classmates.com emails. "What's your mother's maiden name", search for emails from your grandparents on your mom's side. "What's your youngest/oldest sibling", search for emails from mom about Christmas, emails mentioning siblings, etc.

it's not like asking for a Credit Card number or even a SSN is any form of additional protection

I was thinking more of a personal security question with a 10 attempt limit. Asking for a SSN seems a little extreme.

Most people aren't going to come up with a personal security question that's not answerable by looking through their email.

Re:Somewhat disconcerting... (1)

harvestsun (2948641) | about a year ago | (#44461951)

Many people

Most people

I was under the assumption that Slashdot readers were more intelligent and cautious than "many/most people".

Re:Somewhat disconcerting... (1)

hawguy (1600213) | about a year ago | (#44461989)

Many people

Most people

I was under the assumption that Slashdot readers were more intelligent and cautious than "many/most people".

You're new here aren't you?

Re:Somewhat disconcerting... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44463565)

"What year did you graduate high school" - search for classmates.com emails. "What's your mother's maiden name", search for emails from your grandparents on your mom's side.

Eh? If you're answering those questions with the actual data, you're DOING IT WRONG.

Just treat them as additional password fields and respond accordingly.

Re:Somewhat disconcerting... (1)

farble1670 (803356) | about a year ago | (#44462135)

Really? How so? I can't think of any way that my banking accounts are linked to my Google account.

there's plenty of data that can be phished from years of archived email. just knowing you have an account at blah blah credit union gets someone a long way. not to mention knowing your middle name, birthday, mother's maiden name, SSN, etc., which all could typically be gotten from your email.

Re:Somewhat disconcerting... (1)

WaffleMonster (969671) | about a year ago | (#44462035)

What more could they require that's safer?

Give you a choice if you want to allow your device to be controlled with strings from a google website remotely.

If someone has your Google account password and can sign into your Google account, they can probably already log on to your online banking and credit card accounts,

I hope most people have more sense than this.

Re:Somewhat disconcerting... (1)

hawguy (1600213) | about a year ago | (#44462191)

What more could they require that's safer?

Give you a choice if you want to allow your device to be controlled with strings from a google website remotely.

If you don't want to use it, why would you download the app?

If you don't want to use the Google Ecosystem at all, you don't even have to link your phone to a Google account. You could install a CyanogenMod ROM for even greater independence from Google.

If someone has your Google account password and can sign into your Google account, they can probably already log on to your online banking and credit card accounts,

I hope most people have more sense than this.

More sense than what? What do you do when your bank uses your email address for password recovery that's "protected" by a few simple questions that a public records search (or digging through your email) can answer?

Even people that should know better don't have any more sense than that. I've received PDF docs emailed from my mortgage bank (huge multinational bank) that include my SSN (and other personal data) that are "encrypted" with the last 4 digits of my SSN. That's hardly better than no encryption at all. I asked him to stop sending me electronic docs and I started to pick them up in person. Tried to get him to use PGP, but of course, he had no idea what I was talking about.

Re:Somewhat disconcerting... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44462967)

I asked him to stop sending me electronic docs and I started to pick them up in person. Tried to get him to use PGP, but of course, he had no idea what I was talking about.

Ah... pgp...
That is mostly for communication among highly trained colleagues, and for keeping things a secret destined for you alone.
When you finally must use it with others IRL (not just with fellow forum-goers), training already savvy candidates without being physically at their computer is a chore.

I've not felt compelled to ask my savvy friends to communicate over encrypted email. They actually rely more to their trusty google accounts than I ever did. Matter of fact, all they send me is youtube videos and google calendar invites. No matter how much I encrypt those, Goog will track me and them by what we click on, even if you ignore the NSA side of things.

It would be nice if there was a one-click setup on linux to give you enigmail, but even the logistic option of locating an overseas POP3 or IMAP account is a pain, let alone judging who is trustworthy enough to carry my encrypted bytes half-way around the world and back into the US.

Re:Somewhat disconcerting... (1)

farble1670 (803356) | about a year ago | (#44462879)

Give you a choice if you want to allow your device to be controlled with strings from a google website remotely.

did you hear that they are forcing the app to be installed and activated on your android device? no? sheesh.

Re:Somewhat disconcerting... (1)

hobarrera (2008506) | about a year ago | (#44467587)

What else would you ask for? You can send a validation SMS, and most Android users use gmail, so a token via email is useless too.

Apparently (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44461057)

It checks with the NSA where your phone is, and they let Google know.

..Can you do the same thing with the TV remote? (1)

martiniturbide (1203660) | about a year ago | (#44461109)

...I really need this.

Lookout (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44461183)

I am not sure why this is news. The free version of Lookout provides the same features. I have noticed it being pre-installed by some carriers like Sprint.

Re:Lookout (1)

Anne Thwacks (531696) | about a year ago | (#44461309)

There are countries in the world that Sprint does not serve.

Just sayin'

Re:Lookout (1)

icebike (68054) | about a year ago | (#44461401)

Exactly.

But Lookout has ballooned in size over the years, 9Meg!!, and is not particularly stealthy. (Crooks will find it easily).
There are dozens of these apps [google.com] on the Play market, and virtually all of them take less room than Lookout. (often less than 1/10 the space).

Then there is Plan B. (also in the app store at above link), for when you forget to install any of these ahead of time.

Re:Lookout (1)

farble1670 (803356) | about a year ago | (#44462891)

Then there is Plan B. (also in the app store at above link), for when you forget to install any of these ahead of time.

it only works on android 2 devices. says so right in the description.

Remote wipe? Not enough (4, Funny)

bernywork (57298) | about a year ago | (#44461277)

I want remote brick, if I lose my phone, I want it being completely useless to the next person, no firmware flash, no nothing; a paper weight. I don't want it being sold off for a tenner and sent to another country that doesn't subscribe to the block list.... Actually, you know what? I want it catch fire, I want it to be an incinerated paper weight!

Re:Remote wipe? Not enough (3, Funny)

froth-bite (2777385) | about a year ago | (#44461483)

I carry my phone in my pocket, in my pants next to some important things. YMMV !

Re:Remote wipe? Not enough (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44461873)

Great idea, actually destroying the hardware. Great fun if someone hacks your password. More fun if someone hacks google. Hope you like "rosted nuts".

Re:Remote wipe? Not enough (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44461965)

Actually, you know what? I want it [to] catch fire, I want it to be an incinerated paper weight!

It would be funny if it turns out you just lost it between the couch cushions.

Re:Remote wipe? Not enough (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44462789)

Presumably he would at least check its current GPS coordinates before pressing the button to set it on fire.

Without my phone, I can't sign in (1)

hawguy (1600213) | about a year ago | (#44461363)

How can I sign into my Google account if I'm out and about and lose my phone when the Google two-factor authentication SMS message that would let me sign in on someone else's phone or computer is going to be sent to my phone.

Re:Without my phone, I can't sign in (2)

Villain (19081) | about a year ago | (#44461489)

Either set up a backup number for sending codes to that is your significant other's or a someone else you trust, or print out backup codes and keep them somewhere safe.

Re:Without my phone, I can't sign in (1)

hawguy (1600213) | about a year ago | (#44461629)

Either set up a backup number for sending codes to that is your significant other's or a someone else you trust, or print out backup codes and keep them somewhere safe.

So when I'm traveling and my phone is stolen, and I don't have my trusted friend with me or the backup codes that are in my stolen wallet, then I have no way to locate my phone?

Re:Without my phone, I can't sign in (1)

Villain (19081) | about a year ago | (#44461771)

I guess you'll just have to use one of the many other apps that have been around for years that already do this without needing to be signed into your google account.

Smells like (1)

fred911 (83970) | about a year ago | (#44461537)

Another forced G+ plot to me.

Dangerous capabilities (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44461907)

Something is very wrong if this tracking feature can be installed remotely on your device from google at any time.

Phone home... big whoop (1)

nurb432 (527695) | about a year ago | (#44461931)

I was hoping for an actual management system. So you can you know, 'manage' your portable devices from a central point.

Being able to make them scream when they are lost.. .*yawn*

It's about time! (1)

CaseyGirl007 (3006429) | about a year ago | (#44462169)

I've been needing this for clients and their employees for far too long!

Google arrives late to the party... (1)

pongo000 (97357) | about a year ago | (#44462275)

...because avast! [avast.com] has been offering this for a while now. Plus, I'm not sure I want allow more Google access into my life.

Re:Google arrives late to the party... (1)

hobarrera (2008506) | about a year ago | (#44467601)

If you're already using Android,it's unlikely thay you're giving access to more private information by using this.

Google has already had this for years (3, Insightful)

rh2600 (530311) | about a year ago | (#44462279)

It's called Google Device Policy, but it's only been available for Google Apps for Business users

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.enterprise.dmagent&hl=en [google.com]

It's great to have a general user option soon, but for those of you with business needs, the option is already there ;-)

Re:Google has already had this for years (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44463265)

Mod parent up.

The submitter and article author should really get a clue. Seriously Google has had this feature since Google Sync was debuted a few years back and offered more features than the rivals.

Works well and is available to anyone with Google Apps. Obviously this new app will fill the gap for consumer accounts, but claims of "About time"...Sheeesh

2 step verification (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44462323)

Hopefully they've thought through the 2-step verification process...I'd hate to have to log in to google only to find out they sent a text to my 'silent' phone.

Wifi-based for tablets? (1)

safetyinnumbers (1770570) | about a year ago | (#44462493)

Do any of the alternatives that people know of work on a wifi-only tablet?

"Find My iPhone" is really useful for tracking down the children's iPods if they're just lost in the house (or garden).

Sometimes a tablet goes missing and it would be helpful to be able to make it ping in a similar way.

Re:Wifi-based for tablets? (1)

Dynedain (141758) | about a year ago | (#44462827)

If the device is connected to WiFi, it works.

I want one that robodials 800 buck 900 numbers (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44462911)

So after a specified amount of time they start get 200 buck bill for planting trees.

Windows Phone 8 (1)

pr4wn4 (861636) | about a year ago | (#44463405)

With a hotmail account and my AU$160 Nokia Lumia 520 you get all the same features. Ring, Lock, Erase and you get to see it on a map too. Pretty cool for a budget smartphone.

Er, there's loads of apps that do this already (1)

rklrkl (554527) | about a year ago | (#44463969)

Considering this is an optional app that you have to download (rather than being baked into an Android release), what does it offer that loads of similar free apps on the Google Play store have offered for years now (OK, apart from the fact that it's an app from Google of course)?

I'd have been more impressed if this had come with the Android 4.3 release to be honest and might actually be one of the very few pre-installed Android apps that could be justify being uninstallable.

Re:Er, there's loads of apps that do this already (1)

BradleyUffner (103496) | about a year ago | (#44465115)

Considering this is an optional app that you have to download (rather than being baked into an Android release), what does it offer that loads of similar free apps on the Google Play store have offered for years now (OK, apart from the fact that it's an app from Google of course)?

I'd have been more impressed if this had come with the Android 4.3 release to be honest and might actually be one of the very few pre-installed Android apps that could be justify being uninstallable.

It doesn't display ads or constantly try to get you to update to the "premium" version. There is also no limit to the number of devices you can track (most free services limit the number of devices that can be tracked under one account).

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