Google brings new emergency feature to Android phones

Google brings new emergency feature to Android phones
Google continues to reveal new information related to its upcoming Pixel 4 phone. After the search giant explained how Pixel 4 users will be able to unlock their phones, Google now announces a new life-saving feature that will come to Pixel phones.

The new feature lets users share information about the assistance they require, as well their location, directly to the emergency operator without speaking. According to Google, the upcoming feature will be available in the Phone app on Pixel and select Android devices. However, only users in the United States will get this feature, which will come to Pixel phones over the coming months.

Here is how the new feature will work. Simply tap on the Medical, Fire or Police buttons and an emergency call will be redirected to the operator through an automated voice service. Google explains that the service works directly on the phone, which means the information stays between the user and emergency services, and the service functions weather or not you have a data connection.

Furthermore, soon after the service is activated, the user can speak directly to the operator at any time during the call. Obviously, the location of the user comes from the phone's GPS and is shared with the operator when a call to 911 is made, but the new feature offers similar location information through the automated voice service, along with the caller's plus code.

To make the new emergency feature work the way it does, Google collected feedback from public safety organizations such as the National Emergency Number Association.

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9 Comments

1. lyndon420

Posts: 6897; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Cool feature. Looking forward to when it's available in Canada and all Android phones.

6. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

"the service functions weather or not you have a data connection." So it depends on the weather? Do you guys proof read these articles?

2. Venom

Posts: 3833; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

This is why I love my Pixel phone. Stock features that are useful and aren't held back by OEM bloatware.

3. TBomb

Posts: 1671; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

The gif image shows that the phone call has been going on for over 6min... let's hope it doesn't take 6 minutes to get this far in the "conversation" haha If I can't breathe or talk, I would be far beyond being able to hit the Medical button after 6 minutes.

4. berns

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 07, 2014

why only on pixel phone? at a dire situation could be a matter of life and death, bring them over to other versions of android, and throughout android phones regardless of the handset manufacturer.

9. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1348; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

It will be built into the stock phone app. OEMs use their own custom phone app so it won't be compatible unless OEMs put in the work needed.

10. Polaris1983

Posts: 33; Member since: May 22, 2019

I just checked my razer 2 phone. No updates yet to security patches or for Android Q which is supposed to come out this month. That's what I meant.

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