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Some exciting features and apps from Google are reserved for the in-house Pixel smartphones. That’s how it is at the moment with accident detection
Personal Safetyapp by Google. However, hints in the code of the latest version give reason to believe that the feature could soon be available for other Android devices.
That’s what the colleagues from 9to5 Google out who took a close look at the code of the app. There they noticed that some strings of a data type in the code have the suffix
Pixelwith paraphrases like
This suggests that the developers are working on implementing the feature for Android smartphones, which are not Google Pixel. At this point, we don’t know when the feature might come to other Android devices.
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That’s what makes the feature
Accident Detection does exactly what the name suggests. The app uses the mobile phone’s motion sensors and microphone to detect when the smartphone and thus the owner is involved in an accident. If the app recognizes this, it automatically calls the emergency number. The user then has the option of canceling the call if it is a false alarm.
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So you don’t lose any time between a possible emergency and sending the emergency call, which in some cases can save lives. A video from Google explains the feature using an example:
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It is unclear which Android phones will get the feature
Another question is which devices exactly could get the pixel feature. Because the feature has both hardware and software requirements. It is therefore possible that the feature will only be available for smartphones with a certain Android version and with the necessary sensors.
According to 9to5 Google, a rollout based on the brand would also be possible. So that the feature comes first for Samsung smartphones, for example, then for Xiaomi. Hopefully all of these questions will be answered soon. In the meantime, Google is still working on new hardware. Namely the Pixel 6a, which is said to be better than the 6 Pro in at least one feature.
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