Samsung didn't really experience a great start with the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S5 at the previously held Mobile World Congress event that was held in Barcelona, Spain. However, now with thw device already out of the box, it seems like Samsung is fitting the handset with new features that might be of massive help to users.
According to reports, Samsung is set to introduce two new safeguard solutions to its latest S5 flagship smartphone in an effort to put a stop to rampant theft of the mobile devices nationwide, the company announced on Friday.
As revealed via the South Korean tech giant, users will be able to activate its "Find My Mobile" and "Reactivation Lock" anti-theft features for free to protect the soon-to-be-released Galaxy 5 S.
Apparently, as of now, there will be features built into the phone that will lock the phone if there's an unauthorized attempt to reset it. However, although the features will be on models sold by wireless carriers Verizon and U.S. Cellular, there's no telling if the same features will arrive for users in India later. The phones will go on sale next week.
"Samsung takes the issue of smartphone theft very seriously, and we are continuing to enhance our security and anti-theft solutions," the company said in a statement.
The announcement comes after San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and other U.S. law enforcement officials demanded that manufacturers develop kill switches to fight against the rising smartphone theft across the country.
"Earlier this week, California legislators introduced a bill that, if passed, would require mobile devices sold in or shipped in the state be equipped with the anti-theft devices starting next year - a move that could be the first of its kind in the United States," states a Newser report.
"Similar legislation is being considered in New York, Illinois, Minnesota, and bills have been introduced in both houses of Congress."
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is currently scheduled for an April 11 release.