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According to San Francisco district attorney George Gascón, Google and Microsoft will add kill switches to the next versions of their cell phone operating systems. The move is seen as a major step towards making smart phones and other easily-stolen devices such as tablets less of a theft risk. The Google operating system, Android, is used in more than half of U.S. smartphones. Microsoft’s operating system is used on Nokia smartphones. Apple added an activation lock feature to iPhones in September. iPhone robberies declined 38% over the next six months.

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