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Find My Device: new name and features for Google’s Android Device Manager


Google has confirmed that its Android Device Manager tool is being renamed Find My Device.

The app will remain broadly the same, with the key function of allowing users to track their phone when it’s lost by seeing its location on a map.

It will also continue to allow them to remotely wipe or lock their handset if it’s been stolen, to prevent sensitive information getting into the wrong hands.

But there are some neat additions to note, too. Find My Device also enables users to see which Wi–Fi network the phone is connected to and check battery levels.

The rebranded app is set to be enabled on all compatible devices and is part of a wider initiative called Google Play Protect.

Revealed at the search giant's I/O event in California, Play Protect is designed to bolster security across the Android platform, focusing especially on apps of dubious origin.

Always working in the background, it scans applications for viruses and will be automatically installed on all Android phones that have Google Play on board.

Google also used I/O to reveal further details about Android O, its forthcoming overhaul of its mobile operating system, which is available to beta testers now.

Can't wait for Android O's official release? Here's how you can get it right now.



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