Google Inc (GOOGL)’s New Android Update Competes with Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s Activation Lock Feature

A world famous tech giant answers the bell against another top tech giant in the boxing ring of technology. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has introduced a new anti-theft feature named ‘Device Protection’ in its latest Android update, which is an answer to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s ‘Activation Lock’ feature for its devices. A CNBC article reported on the news and discussed about the latest update for Google’s Android as it battles to stay equal to Apple Inc. in the competition for technological supremacy.

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The new feature called Device Protection comes with Google’s latest Android update, and works like a terminate button on devices having the Android 5.1 operating system (still called Lollipop). Devices having this update, if lost or stolen, will remain locked until the owner signs in with their Google account even if someone resets the device to factory settings, which makes it nearly impossible for thieves to use these devices and also provides peace of mind to device owners.

Google’s ‘Device Protection’ is a reply to Apple’s ‘Activation Lock’ feature, which also needs an Apple ID to unlock the device. According to the New York State Attorney General’s report from last year, the total count of stolen Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) devices has been reduced by 17% in the city of New York. As the Activation Lock feature helped in reducing iPhone thefts in major cities like New York, London, and San Francisco, it became necessary for Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) to provide its users with the same feature. So the company moved ahead and gave its users what they need in the form of a new update to an existing operating system.

This new update from Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is a great step towards making devices more secure for its users and a move to stay equal with the world’s most famous tech giant Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), which is popular for providing some of the most secure devices on the market. This update will not only contain new security features but will also provide the ability to use multiple SIM cards on a device with multiple SIM slots, and HD voice calling between compatible devices with the same operating system (Android 5.1) on T-Mobile US Inc (NYSE:TMUS) or Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) in the United States. According to Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL), its new feature will be present in most smartphones and tablets having Android version 5.1, like Motorola Nexus 6 and HTC Nexus 9.

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