Earlier this year, Google published a new application called Device Lock Controller on the Play Store.
The new application comes from the American technology giant to enable credit providers to reduce the functionality of the phone that is being funded in the event that payments are not made.
Google launched the Device Lock Controller app on June 15, and it got the latest update last October.
According to the app description in the App Store, “Device Lock Controller” enables credit providers to manage the device. And your provider can restrict access to your device remotely if you don’t make payments. And if your device is restricted, basic functions such as: emergency calls and access to settings will remain available.
And after the flagship smartphones have become significantly more expensive in the past few years, so many phone manufacturers and telecom companies offer payment programs to give consumers the option to pay a fraction of the price every month for 24 months or more.
But what if the user sometimes cannot make the payment for a few months, then a company, like Samsung’s India subsidiary, restricts the functionality of the device based on the period of delay in payment.
The new Google app appears to want to make it easier for banks or other credit providers to implement the latter method of debt collection. But it is not clear if the app will come pre-installed or retailers will require customers to install and configure it manually as part of their payment plan.
The application screen explains how the “provider” can also “download and install the creditor application,” and “disable debugging and user management features” that are supposed to be used to circumvent these procedures.
Meanwhile, users can call emergency numbers, while still being able to receive “incoming and outgoing calls”. It can also access the full Settings app at any time, as well as backup and restore data.