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Samsung announced this spring that security app LoJack would soon be built into the Galaxy S4. The necessary firmware arrived on most North American variants of the S4 in recent weeks, and now the service is live to take advantage of it. LoJack can be activated on your Galaxy S4 today for $29.99 per year. In return for your money you get phone tracking, remote wipe, and recovery assistance.

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The LoJack app is built into the firmware of the device, making it persistent through factory resets (but probably not ROM flashes). This can be done manually on rooted devices with apps like Cerberus, but the people able to do that aren't really the market Samsung and Absolute Software (the maker of LoJack for Mobile) are going for. All you have to do here is go to the LoJack website, register your device, and pay up. Then Absolute Software claims it will work with law enforcement to recover stolen phones, which is pretty cool if they're serious about it.

The service is only available in North America, and only on the Galaxy S4 and S4 Active. AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon have already pushed out the update with LoJack built-in. T-Mobile looks to be the only one lagging behind. Full PR is below.

VANCOUVER, July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Absolute® Software Corporation (TSX: ABT), the industry standard for persistent endpoint security and management solutions for computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones, today announced LoJack™ for Mobile Devices is now available for purchase for protecting Android smartphones starting with the Samsung GALAXY S4.

LoJack for Mobile Devices is the first Consumer theft recovery solution for Android smartphones and available for purchase through the LoJack for Mobile Devices website. Leveraging the same Absolute persistence technology used in Computrace® LoJack® for Laptops, the solution cannot be removed by a factory reset once the app is installed by the user and activated. When a protected Samsung GALAXY S4 smartphone is stolen, the Absolute Investigations and Recovery Services team will work with law enforcement globally to get the device back. Users can also remotely lock, locate their device or delete sensitive files to prevent identity theft.

"Absolute's Computrace and LoJack for Laptops have provided trusted theft protection and theft recovery for laptops and desktop computers for almost 20 years. Now we have expanded our support through LoJack for Mobile Devices to Android smartphones starting with the Samsung GALAXY S4," said Mark Grace, Vice President, Consumer at Absolute Software. "Smartphone theft is a worldwide epidemic; I commend Samsung for working with us to take steps to stop this serious issue using Absolute persistence technology. With Absolute persistence technology embedded in Samsung GALAXY S4 smartphones, the owner can activate the 'kill switch' and with LoJack for Mobile Devices tracking and location solution those responsible for theft can be identified or located and held accountable."

"Laptops, netbooks, tablets and smartphones embedded with Absolute persistence, and protected with Absolute Computrace, allow investigators such as ours to work collaboratively with the Absolute Investigations and Recovery team to recover these devices when they are reported stolen," said Sherriff Leon Lott at Richland County Sheriff's Department.  "Now that Absolute persistence is embedded in the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone, device thieves will be deterred and if they are stolen, we can work with the Absolute Recovery team to recover them."

Availability
LoJack for Mobile Devices is available in North America starting at $29.99 for a one year subscription. For more information:www.lojackformobiledevices.com

[PR Newswire, LoJack]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

  • SAI

    ...so how will this track the phone if there is no known wifi access points or if the cell phone service has been disconnected?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Your phone can triangulate on the cell network without a SIM, and like any good anti-theft software, LoJack can turn things back on (eg, GPS) if they have been disabled by the user.

      • lordmerovingian

        So what if the phone is put in airplane mode and the savvy thief (or whatever) then goes about rooting/ROMming etc?

        • Michael Pahl

          what ifs get you nowhere.

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

          Then you're boned.

          • Mike Reid

            So there's a plus to non-rootability, LOL.

        • contagious

          why should we be talking about the worst case scenarios .... world is full of surprises lets just say some how you dropped your phone in the lake and your thinking that someone stole it from you and you will be cursing the lojack??? c'mon let look at the othersides and being prepared isnt bad i guess... but for that I would like you to give a chance to LockItTight you will understand what we are talking about here....

      • SAI

        Ok,, but will it actually be able to communicate through the cell network if there is no SIM present? If this is true, why aren't people exploiting this for free data/cell service?

  • TheRobotCow

    Now will this be available for other phones?

  • Matthew Fry

    Cheaper than a lot of the carrier's protection plans if you are only worried about theft.

  • solbin

    Any difference between this and cerberus except for lojack working with law enforcement? Its a valid option for people who want this service but don't have the option on their phones.

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

      I think those are pretty much it. Getting law enforcement involved even if you have a tracked location is hard, whereas LoJack has this nailed down. And you can't always root, so built-in system protection is as good as it's going to get.

      • solbin

        I would definately be interested in hearing both success and failure stories on getting the phone back because of Lojack. Of course all of this is totally dependent on the law enforcement of the area.

        $30/year isn't horrible, but this is a time where many consumers have issues paying over $.99 for an app.

    • Leeman Ahmed

      I always would like to suggest that try different applications. unless you do you wont be able to find something that suits you best every app is not for every body.. LockItTight is one best option for these services... and yes working with law enforcement agencies doesnt mean that law wont listen to you :) cheers...

  • Michael Pahl

    Cerberus is better. and $4 for life.

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

      You just need root to make it as good, and for some people that makes Cerberus not as powerful (or for phones where root is impossible right now).

      • Michael Pahl

        ...some people don't root?

        Jokes aside, for the people that cant, create a bounty on XDA like the 3K bounty now for latest S4 update

    • contagious

      I wonder what services would they be offering for $4 for life time.... well In my opinion I strongly suggest LockItTight because of its many features that are unique and enhanced which is not offered by any other similar app vendor...

  • Sorian

    Better question, Can this be imported into other device's firmware? Samsung isn't the only "fish in the sea".

  • Marshall Taylor

    Use seek droid and its free and you can remote wipe. You can use rooted and non rooted

  • WHO?

    Would have to be crazy to pay a yearly subscription when there's at least 5 good apps for free that do the same thing. Reason i love android.

    • contagious

      Agreed Like LockItTigh which is more reliable and less intrusive then any other... I used this application and I am quite satidfied with it....

  • AcidWarp

    Some one please explain to me why this functionality isn't built into Android yet?

    • Michael Pahl

      and slap all the devs making a living off of tools...like Cerberus?
      This isn't iOS my friend.

  • Major_Pita

    Funy they mention the recent OTA update the breaks root. My guess is without root once this app is installed on your phone there's no getting rid of it. Ever.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

    Doesn't AirDroid 2 do this for free?

  • Fantastico

    So I pay a $30 subscription for security a clever thief can overcome by rooting? No thanks.

    • contagious

      Try other just dont stick to this one try LockItTight then decide for your self what is more worth spending on.... cheaper than any other and with very quality features which not harm yourself spending... and theft is not always the case.... sometime you forget your phone somewhere...

  • Albert

    That's a great service, they work with the local police to get your phone back, but if it's nos recovered then they pay you the phone cost; you can't do something similar with those free app