The features for locating lost Apple (News - Alert) devices have frequently made national and local news as device after device has been uncovered in the hands of thieves. Now, there is a new app for Android (News - Alert) that will help Android users uncover their missing devices.
The Carbonite mobile app allows users to remotely active the camera on their Android device so that they can take pictures of the person who has taken their phone or its surroundings. This app may not always lead to the lair of a phone thief. However, the picture returned may be one of the underside of a seat in your car or another location in your own house.
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According to the Carbonite website, there are 6,849 mobile phones lost, stolen, or damaged every hour in the United States. Although the “capture” feature may be the flashiest and most exciting part of the app, the features of the free app help users protect their phone and their data when this happens. Besides the ability to remotely activate the camera, the app helps users locate their phone by enabling them to sound the ringer—even if it is on mute or vibrate, locate the lost or stolen device on a map, or reset the device to its factory conditions by remotely destroying data.
Carbonite is a cloud storage provider, so the information that is remotely destroyed is backed up in the cloud. Carbonite Mobile has a rating of 4.3 in the Google Play store, based on 932 total reviews. One user said that it has a “very easy interface to locate phone or capture photo of a thief”, and another user said that the app came in handy after they left their phone in a cab after a night of partying. The free app is also available for Apple users.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman