Google Introduces "Find My Phone" for Android - Is "Find My Car" Next?

Apr 16, 2015 11:30 AM EDT | Jeff Jablansky

Among the things we misplace often—which include everything from keys to dinner supplies—our phones are no exception. As necessary as our keys are, our phones have become basic accessories to take with us, but there's no easy way to resolve the frustration from one left behind on the errant countertop.

Google has come up with a solution to this problem that's as easy as typing "find my phone" into a web browser synced with your phone. Upon typing those three words, a geotag lets you know exactly where your missing phone is. An additional service will even ring your phone for you, in case it's in the vicinity but not showing itself.

Users of Apple iPhones will find the service familiar, but this Android problem-ender stands to make life easier for non-iPhone users—ahead of actually retrieving device and returning them to their respecitve users.

We foresee mass appeal for this type of location-based service in automobiles in the short term. Already, some automakers have introduced their own versions of "find my car" in smartphone-based apps, although none (that we know of) that operate as seamlessly. In the photo above, Cadillac's smartphone-friendliness extends to wireless charging for Qi-equipped models.

We're interested to watch as the tech industry shares its learnings with automotive because—at the least—we don't really see the need for a remake of "Dude, Where's My Car?"

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