Mobile VAS company MoMagic has launched a new Android app, ‘Control Me‘, which allows users to remotely access and control their Android phone through any other phone via SMS.

Features: The app is quite simple and features various services to make use of, if the user ever loses his phone or misplaces his phone. These services include a Remote Profile Changer which allows users to change the profile of their phone, a Remote Call Divert which allows users to divert calls to your phone to any other phone, a Remote Contact Fetcher which enables users to retrieve any specific contact information from their phonebook onto any other mobile phone,  a Remote Call rejection option which enables users to remotely reject any incoming calls on their mobile device and send a return SMS to the caller and A Remote Phone Lock option which enables users to remotely lock their mobile phone.

 

The app also features a Remote Data deletion option which allows users to wipe all personal data on their phone including text messages, contacts, images and videos from any other phone or delete any specific data like SMS, any folder on their mobile phone or data in the mobile phone’s SD Card. Although we observed that the app doesn’t seem to have any recovery mechanism currently in place to retrieve all the personal data on any other phone.

Besides this, the app also has a mobile tracker feature which enables users to automatically receive information on three pre-defined mobile numbers, whenever a new SIM card is inserted to the phone.

In-App Purchase: It is interesting to note that although the app is available for free download on the Google Play Store, users cannot access any other feature besides Remote Profile Changer feature, unless they opt for an in-app purchase of HK$ 10 (Rs 71.5 approx), on the Google Play Store. Sadly though, the Play store currently offers credit cards as the only payment option with no support for other payment options like net-banking or carrier billing. Telcos like Uninor and Reliance Communications had previously stated plans to introduce operator billing for its customers but we don’t think it has been rolled out yet.

Our Take: We tried the app on a Galaxy Nexus and tested the profile changer feature, and found that it works as promised. After installing the app, users are prompted to create a password for the mobile phone along a security question, in case one forgets the password.

The homescreen lists all the features offered by the app and allows users to enable/disable any specific feature. The app also includes a Scenario section to guide the users through various use cases and a detailed Help section to guide them through each app feature. That being said, we noticed that the font size of the app is too large and truncates the menu items at times.

Although, handset makers such as HTC, and Apple offer tools to remotely locate and wipe user data on a lost/stolen smartphone, the feature doesn’t work if the phone does not have access to data. The Control Me app uses SMS based commands, which make more sense in India, as mobile data access is not available in a uniform manner. However, we’d expect MoMagic to clearly state that using the full feature set requires an in-app purchase, in the app description.