Stolen or lost phones have been a big headache for some Android users. There's almost nothing worse for some folks than realizing that their phone is no longer in their possession and that they have no idea where it went. Now Google has released an update to its Android Device Manager that may help recover lost or stolen Android phones.
According to Android Police:
In addition to creating a lockscreen password and an optional message, you'll also have the option to add a phone number where you can be reached. When somebody turns on the screen of your phone, the lockscreen will display a bright green button that can be used to automatically dial the number you've entered. This will make it a lot easier for a good Samaritan to reach you and coordinate the return of your hardware.More at Android Police
Kudos to Google for releasing this update of Android Device Manager. It might prove very useful for folks who have suffered a lost phone, and for the folks who find the phone and want to return it to its owner.
Note that there's a download link for version 1.3.8 included in the article above as well. You can also get Android Device Manager in the Google Play store, but the version currently listed there as I write this is 1.2.12. No doubt Google will be updating it very soon for Google Play customers.
Four open source productivity tools for Android
TechRepublic has a useful roundup of four open source productivity tools.
According to TechRepublic:
Although the official Android platform isn't open source (nor is the majority of the apps found on the Google Play Store), there are plenty of open-source apps available for you to install and enjoy. These apps range from silly games to everyday tools. One category that benefits from open source is productivity. You'll find apps to fit many of your productivity needs. If you don't like the way these apps look or behave (or even if you want to add new features) and you have the skills to do so, you can get their source and rework them to better fit your needs.
Let's take a look at some of the open-source productivity apps for Android and see if there aren't one or two that might take up permanent residence on your Android devices.
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