Google and Microsoft will add a 'kill switch' feature to their Android and Windows phone operating systems.
The 'kill switch' allows the device to become completely useless if it is stolen and authorities have been urging tech firms to adapt the feature to curb phone theft.
Two of the biggest phone makers, Apple and Samsung currently offer a similar feature on some of their devices.
A report by the New York attorney general said: "An activated kill switch converts an easy-to-sell, high-value multimedia device into a jumble of plastic and glass, drastically reducing its street value."
Manoj Menon, managing director of consulting firm Frost and Sulivan added: "This is a fantastic move and will go a long way in helping authorities come one step closer to realising a vision of zero theft of mobile phone."
Smartphone theft has become a huge problem across the world and in an attempt to tackle this issue policy makers have launched an initiative called Secure Our Smartphones.
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