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Google is once again trying to coax large organizations into using its Android operating system, this time by giving the end user the ability to remotely secure lost or stolen devices and admins encrypt data stored on tablets.

In a blog post published Thursday, Product Manager for Google Enterprise Mobility Mayur Kamat said the new features would be available to all Android users who subscribe to Google Apps for Business and Google Apps for Education. The services are designed to help the mobile operating system to better get a foot in the door of businesses, government, and educational settings, where security is key.

Devices that use Android version 2.2 or higher can be remotely accessed by the end user using a new edition of the Google Apps Device Policy app. From there, end users can geographically locate missing devices and reset the device's PIN or password if necessary.

Kamat also announced that admins will be to encrypt data on Android 3.0 tablets using an option on the Google Apps control panel.

The additions follow October's announcement of administrative controls that allowed remote wiping of missing devices.

More than 300,000 Android devices are being activated each day, Kamat said, up from 200,000 devices in October. ®

This article was updated to correct information about geolocating phones and resetting PINs. The ability rests with the end user.

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