Google and Microsoft to introduce kill switch feature

Google and Microsoft to introduce kill switch feature


Kill switch in phones to deter robbers.

US based software giant Microsoft and search engine giant Google are all set to add a new ‘Kill Switch’ feature to their Windows and Android based Phone Operating systems. The feature’s main function is to render a handset useless incase of a theft.


This new feature is the result of authorities pushing tech manufacturers to develop a kill switch like feature that will help in curbing the number of thefts. South Korean giant Samsung and US based Apple already offer a similar feature on their devices.

With this recent move by Microsoft and Google, the kill switch feature will be a part of three major phone operating systems in the world.

A recent report by the US authorities has shown that smartphone theft has become a major problem across the globe. In 2013, some 3.1 million mobile devices were stolen from the US, which is about double the figure compared to 2012.

Thus, policymakers have started a new initiative known as – Secure out Smartphones. As a part of the initiative, technology firms take steps to integrate solid security features in phones – such as the kill switch – which will deter phone robberies.

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