A Google Play application called Device Lock Controller can lock Android devices and block their functionality if the holder has any uncleared bills. The app has reportedly been uploaded on the Play Store by accident.
The only things that the Android user can access while their device is locked are the basic settings and the emergency call option. The device would be unlocked once all the dues are cleared by the holder.
While the details about the app are not very clear, the screenshots related to it on the Play Store show that the app offers two options: how your credit provider can manage the device and access to the phone’s basic settings after the provider locks it. The first option explains what your provider can exactly do with your device in case your payments aren’t clear before the deadline.
Some reports about the app have also stated that Google developed the app for Kenyans and launched it while working with Safaricom. The original purpose behind the app’s launch was to help Kenyans buy any Android device remotely and conveniently. Once signed in with Safaricom, users are required to clear their payments on time.