Google to test phone anti-theft AI function in Brazil

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Brazil will be the first country to test an Android anti-theft feature that locks the screen and uses artificial intelligence (AI) to detect when a phone has been taken, according to a Google announcement.

According to a Google announcement on Tuesday, Brazil will be the first nation to test an anti-theft feature for Android phones that locks the screen and employs artificial intelligence (AI) to determine when a phone has been taken. During the first testing phase, three different types of locks will be accessible. Google has developed artificial intelligence (AI) to assist in identifying indicators of “common movement associated with theft” and blocking the screen in one of them.

By entering the phone number and successfully completing a security challenge from a different device, the second function enables a user to remotely lock the device’s screen. In the final setting, the screen will automatically lock if the device is not connected to the internet for an extended period of time. According to the business, Brazilians who own Android phones version 10 or higher will be able to access the services from July forward. According to Google, people from other nations will be able to access them gradually this year.

In Brazil, phone theft is becoming a bigger issue. Based on information from the 2023 Brazilian Public Security Yearbook, the largest economy in Latin America saw 16.6% growth in the number of stolen cellphones in 2022 compared to the previous year, reaching around 1 million. The Brazilian government released the Celular Seguro app in December, which enables users to report a stolen phone and prevent access to it using a different device that belongs to a reliable person.

According to the Justice Ministry, as of last month, the app had almost 2 million registered users nationwide, and 50,000 phones had been disabled.

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