Google Says Next Version of Android to have Kill Switch
The rate of crimes regarding theft of smartphones has sadly become a regular daily event for us. Smartphones are what everyone wants and sometimes they can’t afford it. That’s why they choose to steal someone else’s smartphone and call it their own.
With the recent report of how the Kill Switch in the lock system of Apples’s iOS have effectively decreased the rate of theft, it’s no surprise that companies are starting plans to implement the Kill Switch system in their phones. Microsoft has shown efforts in doing so and today we learn that Google is too.
The American typhoon has confirmed that it will be implementing it’s own lock system in a future version of Android. Google already has a built in security app in their smartphones called the Android Device Manager. The app enables users to locate their device on a map, ring it remotely, and erase it to protect personal data but the app is of no use when a simple act of factory reset is done. Google will however, use this ADM app as the foundation of the Google kill switch.
We’re unsure when this feature will be released and what form it will take but it wouldn’t come as a surprise if Google looks to Apple for some reference with this. It would look to prevent a full factory reset from occurring so the owners of the phone can use it again when they hopefully get it back.
These reports of the new security features are expected and we hope to see more of them since back in April, a big group of tech companies including Google, Microsoft, HTC, Samsung and Apple have signed a pledge to ensure their devices have the kill switch feature by the middle of year 2015.