Google Simplifies Searching For Lost Phones
Google today made improvements to its My Accounts tool that should help people better manage their Google settings as well as their smartphone. Users can now access their account by saying, "Ok Google, show me my Google account" into the Google Search app. This request will open the user's account. This feature is available starting today, but only in English. More languages are coming soon. Google added a new feature that lets people find their phone if it is lost or stolen. Using the My Account web site, people can locate the phone, or lock it, call it, leave a callback number, or even wipe it. The tool works for Android and iOS devices. Google says soon people will be able to find their phones by simply searching the Google app for "I lost my phone." Android device owners can already find their phone by searching for it online or via the Android Device Manager app. Last, Google plans to add a function that allows people to search for their own name and then, if logged in, see a shortcut to My Account. Google says these tools are meant to help people protect their personal information and secure their account/devices.
Can't Find Your Android? Locate It with A Google Search
Google recently rolled out a quick new way to locate misplaced Android smartphones. A simple Google search for "Find My Phone" from a PC can find a lost phone, force it to ring at full volume, and even position it on a map.
Google Updates, Renames Android Device Manager
Google today updated its Android Device Manager application. The app has a fresh design and, more importantly, a new name.
Google Retools Dashboard for Mobile Devices
Google today said it plans to roll out a refreshed version of its account management tool, Dashboard, in an attempt to make it simpler for people to control their data. Specifically, Google has made Dashboard much more touch friendly, which allows people to access and use it more easily from mobile devices, such as smartphones.
Google Simplifies 2-Step Verification
Google has made it easier for people to setup and use two-step verification to protect their accounts. Google already allowed users to tap a Security Key or enter a verification code sent to their phone.