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Google Pilots AI-Powered Antitheft Feature for Android

The antitheft feature is part of a larger array of security upgrades, including a password-protected vault called "private space" for storing sensitive apps and data.


has begun trials for its upcoming antitheft feature in 15, selecting Brazil as the test location due to the prevalent smartphone theft issues among local users.

The pilot was announced at the Google for Brazil 2024 event, which also highlighted other functionalities. For instance, AI technology will help local restaurant owners scan and digitize their menus efficiently, enabling them to concentrate more on customer service.

The new Theft Detection Lock leverages artificial intelligence to detect suspicious behavior, such as abnormal device movements that could indicate a theft. This system also monitors other indicators like attempts to connect to unknown networks or prolonged disconnection from familiar ones, aiming to improve phone security and . These security enhancements will be available for devices running Android 10 or higher via Play services later this year, extending these benefits to a wider user base.

Immediate Lock and Offline Protection

When unusual activities are identified, the Theft Detection Lock automatically secures the device. Additionally, an Offline Device Lock feature activates if the phone is stolen and loses internet connectivity, safeguarding stored data.

Users have the option to lock their phones remotely by calling a designated number and completing a security check, providing a quicker alternative to the Find My Device service.

The antitheft feature is part of a larger array of security upgrades planned for Android 15, including a password-protected vault called “private space” for storing sensitive apps and data. Google's ongoing commitment focuses on bolstering user security through these updates.

Testing and Availability

Currently in the pilot phase in Brazil, the antitheft feature is set for broader release following successful trials. Brazilian users can sign up to test the Theft Detection Lock by completing a form at goo.gle/android-seguro.

Brazilian Android users are also set to benefit from improved business interaction features. They will be able to message businesses directly via through a button in search results and book appointments with local professionals directly from search listings.

Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus is the founder of WinBuzzer and has been playing with Windows and technology for more than 25 years. He is holding a MasterĀ“s degree in International Economics and previously worked as Lead Windows Expert for Softonic.com.

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