Google is rolling out an update to Android Device Manager that will add an interesting new feature. In version 1.3.8, the Android Device Manager developers have added a new callback function that will allow someone who has found a lost Android device to simply tap a large green “call owner” button to get a hold of the device’s owner at a different number.
This new feature is pretty nifty if your device has been lost and picked up by a person who is good enough to be willing to help reunite you with your beloved Android phone. You can now not only setup a lock screen password through Android Device Manager, but a recovery message as well. Additionally, you can add a callback number, like that of a family member or close friend. Once you remotely lock your smartphone through the Android Device Manager website, the lock screen will be completely replaced by the green call icon and the custom recovery message you have added.
The callback feature for Android Device Manager is relegated only to phones at the time of this writing. If you want to leave a number where you can be reached if your tablet is found, you’ll have to settle for leaving the number in the recovery message field.
You can hit up the Android Police link in the sources below for a signed APK of this latest Android Device Manager version from Google. Do you use Android Device Manager, or do you use a different service to track your lost or stolen Android smartphones? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter!