Sony has initiated its own smartphone tracking service called My Xperia, enabling you to monitor the whereabouts of you handset when it’s lost or stolen.
The service was launched in beta earlier in the year, but only for Nordic countries. Now Sony has announced on its official blog that My Xperia is rolling out worldwide over the next few weeks.
My Xperia is described as a “remote security app” that can protect your personal data as well as tracking your phone.
Users of Sony Xperia devices from 2012 or 2013 can access the service by signing into myxperia.sonymobile.com with your Google ID.
From the central interface that you encounter here, you can do a number of things. For one, you can remotely sound an alert on your phone, ignoring silent mode and waking the screen from sleep.
You can also locate your phone on a map, lock it to keep your personal data safe an ping the phone a message with contact details, should it simply be lost.
The most drastic thing you can do with this new My Xperia tool, though, is to remotely wipe the data stored on your phone and SD card.
My Xperia is essentially a belated answer to Apple’s own Find My iPhone service, which launched three years ago.
Google has yet to provide its own equivalent service for the Android platform, though there are a number of third party apps on the Google Play Store that do the same thing, such as Lookout Security & Antivirus and Avast’s similar Mobile Security & Antivirus.
Next, read our Sony Xperia Z review.