Next versions of Android, Windows Phone handsets to incorporate ‘Kill Switch’capability

Next versions of Android, Windows Phone handsets to incorporate ‘Kill Switch’capability

In a Thursday announcement, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón said that the 'Kill Switch' mobile anti-theft mechanism would be incorporated in the new-generation versions of Android and Windows Phone handsets.

The announcement made by Schneiderman andGascón is part of a new report which has been released by the Secure Our Smartphones ('SOS') Initiative, which underscores a worldwide collaboration of law-enforcement agencies, elected officials and consumer advocates.

According to the report issued by the SOS Initiative, smartphone thefts can be effectively curbed to a great extent via the 'Kill Switch' capability in handsets.

The report has also highlighted the fact that ever since the launch of the 'Kill Switch' on the Apple iPhone in September 2013, there has been a substantial decline in the number of iPhone thefts in some US cities, including New York and San Francisco.

Against the potential benefits of incorporating a 'Kill Switch' on an increasing number of handsets, Fred Humphries- Microsoft's VP for US Government Affairs - said in a blog post: "With these additional features, we're hopeful that technology - as part of a broader strategy - can help to further reduce incentives for criminals to steal smartphones in the first place."

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