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Last Updated: December 12th, 2010

Ingenious apps come out very rarely, but when they do, I make sure to have them installed on all my Android phones and recommend them to everyone I know. Theft Aware is one such app, as you may have already found out if you've read my review. It hides itself in your phone so well, especially if it's rooted, that unless the thief installs a whole new ROM (a hard reset doesn't remove Theft Aware on rooted phones) or knows you are running Theft Aware for a fact, you will be able to track your device for as long as it has battery life.

At the end of the review, I hinted that we may be doing a giveaway if you asked nicely. Since you've all been good and did indeed ask nicely, I am holding up my end of the bargain - allow me to present to you the Theft Aware Giveaway.

P.S. Yesterday, you may have seen this story about Lookout Mobile Security that was used to track down and arrest an armed robber, and recover both the stolen car and the phone. You simply can't afford not to have a security app installed on your handset.

This article deals with a couple of advanced topics. If you’re unfamiliar with some of the terms, hit up our primers here:

Giveaway

This contest is now over. We have selected the winners - see if you are one of them below.

Theft Aware costs EUR10 for a lifetime device license (you get a 30% discount on transferring it to new devices). Today, we have 20 such license keys, courtesy of Theft Aware.

How To Win

Entering the giveaway is really simple - just make sure you complete the steps below.

Step 1.

There are 2 parts in this step: complete either one of them to be eligible or both to double your chances of winning.

  • Follow @AndroidPolice on Twitter, then tweet the following message exactly as below:

Entered to win 1 of 20 #Android Theft Aware licenses from @AndroidPolice - this app is simply amazing http://bit.ly/ap-ta

OR

Step 2.

Fill out this form, so that we know how to contact the winners.

Step 3 (optional).

In the comments below, tell the Theft Aware developers your favorite feature of the program as well as what you would like to see implemented.

Again, steps 1 and 2 are required to enter.

Terms

The giveaway starts immediately and runs until December 9th, 11:59PM PST.

Winners will be announced here and notified via twitter, Facebook, or email.

Good luck, everyone!

And the winners are:

  1. Javier Mejia Corona
  2. Dong H Yang
  3. Kevin Moore
  4. Paul Rantin
  5. eddie dwyer
  6. Jesus Roman Ochoa Echeverria
  7. Praveen V
  8. Wojciech Szatynski
  9. Keith Woo
  10. Mahmoud Jisri
  11. Sander Goudswaard
  12. Rob Herder
  13. John Oppler
  14. Doug Statum
  15. Luís Fernando Constantino Fernandes
  16. Muzafar Umarov
  17. Brandon Hall
  18. Jason Hartley
  19. Ken Prado
  20. Mayank Singh

Emails have been dispatched notifying them of how to collect their winnings.

Thanks for playing!

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • http://twitter.com/DonaldNice Donald Nice

    What remote tracker for win mobile is, is Theft Aware for Android! Best secure app!

  • zen kun

    this its a great app after read in @AndroidPolice i search in market and WOW amazing i wish i can afford the license im thinking to save to get one since its awesome, i wish you can track under internet perhaps as i read in the last @AndroidPolice review about this software has a lot of "issues" like wave security and online information ,i check the TA website and seems they will implement the use of this+ tasker for activate internet when you turn off with apndroid or something make amazing this.
    maybe join this to activate internet will be nice, perhaps in my case its because apndroid.
    nice app i will be pretty happy to get one license best Xmas gift for me and thanks @AndroidPolice you rules =) i dont regret follow you thanks :D

  • matt

    I love the fact that It's hidden yet easily accessible via the dialer. It would be nice to be able to remotely turn off phone after getting gps location. Then if they restart the phone it has a theft aware lock screen with a password to enter the phone after retrieval.

  • Ilan Masson

    My Favorite feature would have to be that it is all done by txt message, not a web interface, and how it is impossible to delete or find.

  • Michael

    My favorite feature is the hidden profile of the app. I am rooted and the fact that this is invisible is fantastic!!!

  • Eickhel

    the flawless inability to be uninstalled in any way

  • http://twitter.com/jeffreyrr Jeffrey

    Best feature is that its installed in the protected partition. Wiping is possible to protect your data, but you can still get your phone back after the wiping process because theft aware sticks around.

  • Luís

    The best thing is that its almost invisible and it has a lot of different functions. The UI could be better...

    • http://www.theftaware.com Reinhard Holzner

      you could help me design a new one would love to - i am no grafics guy just a dev :-)

  • http://www.anivision.org Xcom923

    Wow, I can't believe how late I am to this topic. The very best thing about this app is how it stays invisible on rooted phones. Also that you can't remove it unless you really know what you're doing >_< I really hope I win a copy

  • Ken

    This app is so awesome! Finally an app that is dedicated to just recovering phones instead of virus scanner and other bloatware. And thank you android police for writing about it! I would never have heard about it if it werent for you guys!!

  • Brandito

    I like that it can be completely hidden. I'd like to see a transferable license.

    • http://www.theftaware.com Reinhard Holzner

      we're already thinking about this one. seems to be much demand around for transferable licenses... *hmmm*

  • DKasler

    I think the best feature of this app, is how hard it is for an unauthorized user to remove it.

  • Carlos

    I like the extra option for rooted phones making it damn near impossible for your average thief to remove it.

  • Deep

    I think the rooting feature and stealth mode and the 'call' command are really good. This is an awesome app and a must have on every phone, I'm not too techie/geeky to suggest anything to the software developers of this app, but I can say, 'Good Job' !!!
    Hope I'm one of the winners, then........

  • Ken

    App looks great, would love to see the ability to be able to transfer it to another phone if existing registered phone gets replaced. It's awesome that there is only a one time fee instead of yearly!

  • http://DigitalFocusMarketing.com Duane

    Too any great features to say favorite. Love the fact that it installs to the nand partition, remote commands? Outrageous.

  • Rahul

    How about if this works together with Tasker. Like a plugin for Tasker. That would really take it to the next level.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MrCreePer03 Mr. Creeper

    Love the practically unremovability of the program. Great job guys!

  • vernon

    love that it is inconspicuous and cannot be detected by the perp...can lead to real arrest not just finding your device.

  • http://www.theftaware.com Reinhard Holzner

    hooray great feedback!! cheers, guys!

  • Chris Bannister

    My favourite feature is how hard it is to find, and remove! Ingenious software!

  • RAjesh

    Awesome app. Can easily become a very important reason for many people to root their phone.

  • Joshua Vijay

    The feature I like most is TheftAware sending the new phone number to a registered mobile number of a friend in case the SIM is changed. Thats awesome man..

    But I cant send commands to the phone if the SIM is changed and in case I didnt get that new number.. So I would like to go to a website like google maps and track my device online without having to send commands to my phone. This can use to track minor children too..

  • Alin

    One of the best thing is that you can change the name with which the app is installed this is a very original and good idea. That's my opinion

  • http://knayam.com Mayank (@knayam)

    Brilliant indeed. The best feature IMO is how it integrates with rooted phones.
    Best security app.
    Tweeted and liked on FB.

  • diedre

    http://www.trackandprotect.com
    Much more sophisticated, even remote camera control and call back.

  • zen kun

    wow this would be nice for the new samsung s :D and i will be complete happy :D

  • zen kun

    lol no more replys xD well i want this so badly pleas please pleas :D

  • A Murder of Crows

    I like the call back feature, and that it uses sms and commands instead of a web interface. pretty awesome for that.

  • Rob

    Did any of the other winners on the list get notified? I have checked the method that I had submitted and have not received notice.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      All winners were contacted via email. Please check your spam folder in case the message went there for some reason.

  • http://www.theftaware.com Reinhard Holzner

    Theft Aware is now running a BIG global 70% price promotion! Hey, check out our website!