Google and Microsoft to add smartphone kill switch

|By:, SA News Editor

Google (GOOG, GOOGL) and Microsoft (MSFT) are adding a "kill switch" to their next smartphone operating systems, following Apple's (AAPL) release of the feature last September.

Apple's kill switch function prompts users to enter their Apple ID and password before erasing data, turning off "Find my iPhone", or reactivating the device.

Since the feature has been added, iPhone thefts have plummeted. New York displayed a 19% decrease in robberies for the first five months of 2014, compared to the same period last year. San Francisco robberies have dropped 38%.