Google and Microsoft Add 'Kill Switch' to Prevent Phone Theft

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    The next smartphones could be fully equipped, even with theft protection.

    Google and Microsoft agreed to add a "kill switch" to the next versions of their phones. It will allow the owner to completely disable the device in case it is stolen or lost.

    The feature already exists on the iPhone, and Apple found thefts dropped with the feature installed.

    Google is expected to show off the next version of the Android smartphone next week.