Google has rolled out the latest update for the Android Device Manager app. This update brings the app to v1.2.12 and while there has yet to be any changelog posted -- the update is in the process of rolling out through the Play Store.
Facebook is getting a bit cozier, wit a new optional feature to alert you when friends are nearby. The aptly named ‘Nearby Friends’ feature in Facebook’s mobile app will let you know when friends are around, and it’s highly customizable. Best of all, it’s totally optional.
For what seems like the millionth time, this year alone, I've seen someone post an "I lost my phone" status update on Facebook. Clearly the millionth time reference is an exaggeration, but seriously, how can you lose your phone these days. Keep in mind, we're not talking about a cheap flip phone from back in the day, but modern Android (and iOS) smartphones.
Capitalizing on the growing number of smartphone users, especially those that travel abroad, MasterCard, working together with Syniverse, has announced a new security system that aims to keep travelers from losing their patience and their money. A new security system uses something that almost everyone has with them when traveling to another country: their smartphones.
It is rather unusual to hear of Samsung being uncertain about a shiny new feature it has in the backburner, but that is rumored to be the case here. The manufacturer is said to have a new service ready that collects contextual user data but is unsure whether it should actually release it to the public.
Google released the Android Device Manager app back in mid-December. While the app offered plenty in terms of functionality, there was something many felt it was lacking. The missing item was security related, and seemingly something that should have been included at launch -- a password prompt when you launch the app.
Google announced the Android Device Manager several months back. Essentially, this is a security feature that will allow you to remotely locate your device on a map or by having it ring. This setup also allows users to remotely lock and also erase the device. Anyway, Google began rolling this out to devices shortly after the original announcement, and while a mobile app was promised, there wasn't much said in terms of when that would be arriving.
This isn't the first time we are hearing about the FiLiP smart locator device, however as of today there is a bit of an update in terms of availability. The wrist-locator will soon be available with AT&T. The carrier will have the FiLiP available for online sales beginning on November 22nd. And in addition to the online availability, AT&T will be selling the FiLiP in one retail location.
Google+ is being updated today, bringing some bug fixes along with a few new features. The feature updates have a lot to do with the Google+ Photos app, as Google prepares itself as a contender for your photo storage and sharing hub. The update also brings changes to “Locations”, should you find yourself using it.
Google has apparently begun beta testing a program which allows your location to be used more precisely to sell ads. By using your location, along with web searches you perform, Google can more accurately prove their mettle to potential customers. More to the point, they can drive sales, and revenue for both the store and Google.