Just a few short days after Google announced Android Device Manager, the service has started rolling out to many Android phones and tablets, and is now live on the web, too. Android Device Manager lets you locate and ring your lost phone, or remotely wipe it, and is a part of Google Play Services.
Users who have received the most recent version of Google Play Services can navigate to www.google.com/android/devicemanager in order to begin using this service. I was also able to force an update to Play Services by navigating to Settings > Apps > Google Play services > Uninstall updates on my device. I then received a notification from Hangouts that the latest version of Play Services was needed, and it downloaded to my device.
In order to use the remote device wipe feature, you’ll also have to navigate to Settings > Security > Device administrators, and make sure Android Device Manager is selected. In addition, be sure to select Google settings in your app drawer, and select all of the options for Android Device Manager.
An accompanying Android app is expected shortly, which will bring this desktop functionality to all of your Android devices, as well.
Are you happy to see this functionality now built into Google by default?