Google has recently announced a new update to its flagship smartphone line-up, The Pixel that features a “safety check” for when you’re walking alone. When the feature is turned on, it will arm the user with options that sends alert to your listed emergency contacts or law enforcement.
How it works:
At the time of your choosing, a safety check flashes on your phone screen involving three options. You can dismiss the prompt if you are okay – and if you skip this option, options two and three will let you share your location with your emergency contacts immediately and let you call 911 respectively.
In case of a slow or no response within a minute, the safety tool will ensure that your location is sent to all your listed emergency contacts. There is no option to call 911 automatically as of now to reduce false-positive cases.
Although there is a possibility of accidental emergency texts being sent to your emergency contacts, it is a small inconvenience considering how useful this feature can be for a lot of users.
So far, Google’s biggest rival platforms including IOS do not have a safety feature like this. According to Google’s latest press release, this new safety update will be available for the older versions of the Pixel as well. Google had already outdone itself with the “car crash detection” feature, but this new addition to its roster of innovations is a definite win.
Apart from keeping user’s safety in mind, Google has also included a new update to the clock. This new feature, called the bedtime mode, will let the users “fall asleep to calming sounds and limit interruptions while you sleep”. The Google Assistant has also seen some significant improvements in the latest update.