Now Locate, ‘Wipe’ A Chromebook Using Android Device Manager
In order to let Chrome work on Android apps and access the Google Play Store, the search giant rolled out a new version of Google Play Services with the Chrome OS v52. Now, it has been discovered that one of its key feature, Android Device Manager, works with Chrome OS and that users can use it find their Chrome OS PCs via the application.
It is worth mentioning that the Android Device Manager was until now limited to Android handsets only. With the application, users can remotely wipe out data from the lost handset, locate it on Google Maps, ring it and even lock it. According to some reports, it is also possible to remotely ring and wipe out the data of Chromebook devices.
For now, those who are using the Asus Flip, Acer R11, or 2015 Chromebook Pixel can access the Android Device Manager. On its part, Google has not yet confirmed if it has included the feature on purpose or it has mistakenly got included as a result of giving Google Play Service access to Chrome OS users.
Google announced that it is bringing Play Store to Chrome OS at the recent Google I/O 2016 developer conference. While users were already able to run some Android apps on Chrome OS, the entry of the complete Google Play Store brings all the 1.5 million Android apps to the Chromebooks.
This move is likely to boost the Chrome OS and make it easy for developers to bring their apps on the OS without any need to roll out an update. Also, the Mountainview-based technology company promises to bring Google Play to other Chromebook devices in future. Some of the partners that are already working on to bring Android apps to their Chromebooks include Acer, Asus, Dell, Haier, Lava (Xolo Chromebook), HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Toshiba and more.