Samsung and Absolute Software announced a partnership in April to bring LoJack, the popular laptop security software, to the Galaxy S4. LoJack for Android can remotely wipe, locate, and lock the device. Absolute also has a recovery team that will work with law enforcement to retrieve lost or stolen phones. LoJack software is built into S4's firmware, meaning that even if thieves restored a device to its factory settings, they couldn't stop LoJack from revealing the device's location. The service is expected to go live this summer, and will cost Galaxy S4 owners $30 per month.
While third-party solutions are a great alternative, a comprehensive solution from Google would be better. With so much critical data attached to smartphones including email, photos, contacts, and even money via Google Wallet in NFC-enabled phones, it's about time Google came up with a Find My Android app.
Sign up for Computerworld eNewsletters.