Google Adds its Own Find My Phone Service

Posted: August 28, 2013

Android Device Manager
Google calls its new Android device location and remote access service Android Device Manager. This has been a feature that has been missing from stock Android for a long time that has been filled with a host of 3rd party apps, but it is nice to finally see a free stock Android solution.

It is also interesting to note that this did not require any sort of update - Google Play Services is indeed quite powerful and can allow new features and services to be deployed without any updates to the OS itself.

The service allows you to locate your device, cause it to ring for up to 5 minutes (even if it is on silent or vibrate mode), and to wipe the device remotely. In order to wipe the device remotely you must first enable a remote factory reset by going to Google SettingsAndroid Device Manager → Check Allow remote factory reset.

Google Nexus 4 Price Drops By $100, Hinting at an Impending Update (The Nexus 5)

Posted: August 27, 2013

Today Google decreased the price of the Nexus 4 by $100.  If you are in the market for an excellent unlocked GSM phone, this price is hard to beat. Sorry no longer available.

However, I suspect the reason for the price drop is to clear out stock for the rumored Nexus 5 that should be unveiled soon, likely in the next couple of months along with Key Lime Pie KitKat (Android 4.4).  If you want the latest device, you probably want to wait until the Nexus 5 comes out.

I wish they would make real Nexus CMDA devices so I could buy them to use on Ting, my favorite carrier by far... unfortunately that hasn't really happened yet.  The closest thing available for CMDA users is the aging Galaxy Nexus and it doesn't get updates nearly as fast as the GSM versions.

Thank you Google for making a real CDMA/GSM unlocked device. It is unlocked to work on any carrier, only Verizon LTE bands are left out (probably because Verizon doesn't want unlocked devices on its network... thats pure conjecture on my part though).