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Android 12 adds Emergency SOS with five taps of the power button

Android 12 adds Emergency SOS with five taps of the power button

Google has added a new Emergency SOS feature to Android 12. After turning it on, five quick presses of the power button will launch a countdown to call 911, or presumably your local emergency services. The number to call for help can be changed, but note that changing it from the default will require your phone to be unlocked in order to work. The countdown tells you to "stay calm" and gives five seconds to cancel with a swipe.

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Google adds status updates to emergency sharing in Personal Safety app

Google adds status updates to emergency sharing in Personal Safety app

The changelog for the last version of Google's Personal Safety app — available exclusively for Pixel phones — mentioned that emergency sharing "now includes information about your phone call status and battery levels" but we didn't find these features in the app itself. As a new version of the app rolls out, these new status updates are becoming available, even to those still on older versions.

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Google Contacts gets new indicator for emergency contacts on Pixel phones

Google Contacts gets new indicator for emergency contacts on Pixel phones

You may not know this, but many phones let you add information about yourself that's accessible even when the phone is locked — the idea is to help first responders help you in an emergency even if you can't talk to them. On Pixel phones, Google Contacts now highlights which of your contacts will be shown in that emergency information.

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Google's third Pixel Feature Drop is here with new safety features, Recorder integrations, tools to manage sleep, and more

Google's third Pixel Feature Drop is here with new safety features, Recorder integrations, tools to manage sleep, and more

Google's third Pixel Feature Drop update has been announced with a handful of new features and tweaks for the company's line of phones. While we might yet find more minor changes hiding inside when it rolls out, we're told there are four broad categories of new features Pixel owners can look forward to: New Adaptive Battery tweaks to stretch out battery life, Recorder app integration with the Google Assistant and Google Docs, tools to better manage your sleep, and new personal safety features including crisis alerts and a "safety check" feature that notifies emergency contacts if you don't respond to a scheduled check-in.

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How to enable car crash detection and 911 dialing on the Pixel 4

How to enable car crash detection and 911 dialing on the Pixel 4

A hallmark feature of the Pixel 4 is its ability to detect car crashes and call 911 for you (only in the US). This smart option can potentially save many lives, but it's not enabled by default on the device. Here's how you can turn it on.

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Pixel 4's car crash detection feature confirmed, but it's US only for now

Pixel 4's car crash detection feature confirmed, but it's US only for now

At the start of the month, we learned that the Pixel 4 was likely to get a neat safety feature that would detect when its user has been involved in a car accident before alerting the emergency services. This potentially life-saving capability has now been confirmed by Google, although it's exclusive to the US for English language users, to begin with at least.

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[Update: APK Download] Google Pixel 4 will be able to detect car crashes and call 911 for you

[Update: APK Download] Google Pixel 4 will be able to detect car crashes and call 911 for you

Back in May, we reported on a possible feature coming to Pixel phones with Android 10: automatic car crash detection. Little was known about it at that early stage, but we reasoned it could offer to contact first responders and pre-defined emergency contacts in case of an accident. XDA Developers' Mishaal Rahman has received an update to the Emergency Information app on his Pixel 2 XL and noticed it has been renamed "Personal Safety."

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Google's Trusted Contacts app updated to include custom timeouts and Google Maps integration [APK Download]

Google's Trusted Contacts app updated to include custom timeouts and Google Maps integration [APK Download]

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[APK Download] Google releases Trusted Contacts, a location sharing app for personal safety and emergency assistance

[APK Download] Google releases Trusted Contacts, a location sharing app for personal safety and emergency assistance

Over the past couple of years, we've seen many iterations on the personal safety app, but the gist has always remained the same: choose a few persons you trust to share your location with all the time, or at least when you feel the need or they request it. Now Google is releasing its own official take on the matter, Trusted Contacts, and part of me is wishing this app or its functionality at least becomes integrated in all Android phones from now on.

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