Rob Pegoraro's post | Latest updates on Sulia
Google's Android Device Manager is live, and I just used it to remote-wipe an innocent, defenseless loaner phone.
Four days after Google said its Android Device Manager find-my-phone service would launch later this month, it opened yesterday: www.android.com/devicemanager
Right away, this free service can locate an Android device and ring it at maximum volume. (Pressing its power button silences the ring; that and the inability to put a "please return" message on the screen limit ADM's utility.)
Enabling remote wipe requires accepting a few nuke-the-system permissions, and then I noted a glitch: Until I refreshed the ADM page, its "Erase Device" button appeared unavailable.
Duly educated, I clicked that button and a confirmation dialog, then watched a Galaxy S 4 loaner restart, erase itself and boot into its setup screen. That's good. Good enough to dump a competing app like Lookout or Android Lost?