Google has made it easier for Android smartphone owners to seek out the location of their device.
Whether its tucked down the back of the sofa, buried in the garden by the dog or in the pocket of a nasty thief, Google will find it.
All panicked phone owners have to do is sign into Google, type “find my phone” into a Google search and a map will be displayed showing the whereabouts of the misplaced mobile.
Once it has been found, the handset can be called, however it cannot be blocked or wiped to prevent prying eyes from accessing personal data. To do this, users will need to have Android Device Manager installed, and go through the procedure using the app.
However, for those times when a phone has just been “put somewhere safe” (the safest places are always the hardest to find), Google’s method will save minutes, if not hours of frantic searching and fearing the worst.
Apple has a similar 'Find My iPhone' service that lets users sign in to iCloud.com to see their missing Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch on a map.
In related news: Google has posted a series of lengthy blog posts defending its Android business as EU opens antitrust proceedings against the search giant.