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We’ve all lost our phone at one time or another. Actually, that’s a lie - I’ve never lost my phone, wallet or car keys in my life. But assuming that to err is indeed human, Cerberus provides a simple, reliable and fairly cheap way to locate and, if necessary, disable your Android pride and joy. Cerebus icon Cerebus icon …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
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    Good - but why pay? is free

    Don't see any difference between these two, apart from the cost of Cerberus and its stupid name.

    1. Brian Morrison
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      The free version.... only 20% of the size of Cerberus.

    2. Jedit
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      And Samsung phones have it built in

      You can set up a free Dive account that in the event of phone loss, allows you to remotely lock or wipe your phone and get its current location using GPS.

    3. dotdavid
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      That looks good. Previously I bought SeekDroid but it doesn't play very nicely with multiple devices. I'll give AndroidLost a try instead.

      Someone should make an open source one of these considering how much trust you need to place in apps of this type.

      1. Anonymous Coward
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        Open source alternative

        Here you go:

    4. Anonymous Coward
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      AndroidLost - Very impressive.

      For a goof, if you have TTS installed (most do), type in "come on barbie lets go party" on the AndroidLost, Controls, Mobile, "Text to speech"

      And listen in awe as your phone talks to you...

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    'Compulsive eavesdroppers can record up to five minutes of audio'

    Is this legal in the UK?

    1. Anonymous Coward

      who cares?

      Steal my phone, and get recorded, that's the least of your problems :)

    2. Anonymous Coward
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      ... but it doesn't seem to bother the investigating powers or the prosecutors unduly.

    3. Anonymous Coward

      More legal

      Than mobile phone theft. I'm guessing anyone that's stolen YOUR phone has lost their right to privacy on YOUR phone.

    4. Captain Underpants

      @AC 10:23

      Well, if you've installed it on your own phone then anyone using it without your permission is probably on the wrong side of the Computer Misuse act. That should effectively get you away from accusations of unfairly using your own device to catch some thieving goit using your property without permission.

      Now, if you install it on your mate's/family's/OH's phone without telling them and start using it to spy on them, you're probably in trouble...

  3. Andrew Jones 2

    only way to remove it....

    I have often wondered about these claims.

    Surely on any handset - rooted or not - "Reset to factory default" will remove ANY paid or free phone recovery app?

    Additionally almost every phone (even dumbphones) have a *# "secret" number well publicised on the net of how to enable a reset to factory defaults.

    1. dotdavid

      Ignorance is our first line of defence

      Fortunately a lot of these petty phone thieves are quite ignorant and often don't bother resetting the device.

      Android provides a "device admin" role which I think prevents a normal reset (it certainly stops users simply uninstalling the app, unless they have the unlock code/password). And rooted phones have even more protection Of course you can bypass this sort of thing by reflashing or whatever, but it's another step the phone thief has to go through.

  4. Al Taylor

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    Granted Android Lost includes the same set of core features but the browser interface is a bit rough and ready and it's nothing like as easy to use. There are at least half a dozen apps similar to this in the Market but Cerberus has proved the most reliable in my experience and I reckon that alone justifies the cost.

  5. Alex C

    battery life

    I had one of these apps a while ago - very clever and all but given the cost of it was about 1/3 of battery life it seemed pretty pointless. How has this app affected battery life?



  6. Chris007

    Need to clarify this in the article.

    "If your handset's GPS pick-up is off, the app will switch it on for pinpoint accuracy, only falling back on a cellular location if it can’t get a satellite fix."

    Only on Android between 1.6 and 2.2 or if 2.3+ you need a rooted phone

  7. Al Taylor

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    @ Alex C - In my experience the app has no noticeable effect on battery life.

    @ Chris007 - the auto-GPS enabling works on my unrooted 2.3.3 HTC Desire HD so I'm assuming that when the developers say you need a rooted handset if running ">2.3.3" they mean 2.3.4.

  8. robp

    Another app

    But this one for more than just your phone.


  9. TJ 2

    Suggested Price: £2.60

    Pfft.... I pint o beer costs more than that, stop whining, its cheap and does a good job.

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