INTRO: As modern smartphones still become more advanced, the costs of the devices are increasing at an alarming rate. So, in order to help customers, many major smartphone manufacturers like Apple and Samsung provide credit facilities to help them pay the amount as monthly installments. However, for any unexpected circumstances, if you can’t pay an installment, your credit provider may lock some important functions of your device.
And to assist them do so, Google released a fanatical app for banks or creditors.
Spotted by the folks at XDA Developers, the Device Lock Controller app from Google lets financers of smartphones remotely lock an Android device. It uses the DeviceAdminService
API within the Android system and enables banks and financers to lock significant functionalities of your Android device if you fail to form your monthly payment.
With the device locked, users are going to be ready to access very limited functions in their smartphones. These include emergency calls, incoming and choose outgoing calls, settings, and backup and restore service.
Now, surprisingly, the “Device Lock Controller” app does not appear when you search for it on the Google Play Store and nor does it appear in the list of apps made by Google. So, XDA executives reached out to Google for clarification about this.
So, consistent with Google, the app was developed by them in partnership with a Kenyan carrier, Safaricom. A spokesperson from Google told XDA that the app was developed to help Safaricom with their new “Lipa Mdogo Mdogo” (Pay Bit by Bit) financing plan which lets customers get an Android Go device with monthly financing.
However, if the customer couldn’t pay an installment after four days of its maturity , Safaricom locks the device with this Google app. That’s a method of using brute force to form users pay their EMIs on time.