Google’s Device Lock Controller is a hidden app


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Updated, November 6, 2020 (17:53 PM): Google bought again to Android Authority with an evidence concerning the app described beneath. As it seems, this app first became active in July of this year, however solely in Kenya. In that nation, Google partnered with corporations to get Android Go telephones to individuals who in any other case couldn’t afford one. The Device Lock Controller app is thus supposed to assist collectors stop defaulted loans for these units.

However, a Google spokesperson stated that this app wasn’t alleged to be energetic within the United States. It was mistakenly uploaded to the US model of the Play Store, which is why it seems new to us and why it doesn’t seem on the checklist with different Google LLC apps.

The authentic article speculating on the Device Lock Controller app is beneath.


Original article: If you wish to discover all of the Android apps Google has created, you may simply go to the Google LLC web page on the Play Store. However, for unknown causes, you gained’t discover one in all its latest apps on that checklist (h/t XDA-Developers).

The new app is referred to as Device Lock Controller. Here is the official description from its Play Store web page:

Device Lock Controller permits machine administration for credit score suppliers. Your supplier can remotely prohibit entry to your machine in case you don’t make funds. If your machine is restricted, primary performance, resembling emergency calling and entry to settings, will nonetheless be accessible.

In temporary, the app permits lenders to restrict the performance of Android units owned by debtors. Theoretically, you can purchase a smartphone by a lender and that lender may pre-install this app. If you defaulted in your mortgage, the lender may then shut down particular features of your telephone till you rectify the scenario.

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This app is a very unusual new avenue for Google. It’s moreover unusual that this app is hidden away on the Play Store, separated from the remainder of the Google LLC merchandise. We reached out to Google to get some readability on this however didn’t instantly hear again.


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