Google and Microsoft will add a “kill-switch” feature to their Android and Windows phone operating systems to tackle smartphone theft.
The feature is a method of making a handset completely useless if it is stolen, rendering a theft pointless.
Authorities have been urging tech firms to take steps to help curb phone theft and argued that a kill-switch feature can help resolve the problem.
Apple and Samsung, two of the biggest phone makers, offer a similar feature on some of their devices.
The move by Google and Microsoft means that kill switches will now be a part of the three most popular phone operating systems in the world.
It’s great to see smartphone software suppliers strengthening security on smartphones, with this type of block on a mobile device it won’t be worth a thief taking it. – Jonathan Lawton – Director – Hixon Group