Android Lollipop 5.1 brings promised anti-theft “kill switch”

March 11, 2015


Google just announced a new version of Android, Lollipop 5.1, which it says includes some “tasty additions” along with improved stability.

One of the major new features, called Device Protection, fulfills a pledge Google made to the law enforcement group Secure Our Smartphones last year to add a kill  to Android devices.

Device Protection lets you remotely lock and delete all the data from a lost or stolen device, and even freeze the device completely.

You can get the device back into working order, but a simple “factory reset” is not enough, so even crooks who steal your phone for the phone alone, and don’t care if it’s wiped, are out of luck.

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