Google and Microsoft are to add a ‘kill-switch’ feature to their Android and Windows phone operating systems.
The ‘kill switch’ renders a phone useless if stolen.
Authorities have been urging tech companies to help reduce the number of phone thefts and the ‘kill-switch’ appears to be a solution to the problem.
Apple and Samsung offer a similar feature on their devices.
Some 3.1 million mobile devices were stolen in the US in 2013, nearly double the number of handsets stolen in 2012.
According to a report by the New York State Attorney General, in the first five months of 2014 the theft of Apple phones fell by 17 percent in New York City.