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Google Phone app for Android gets emergency location feature

Google has updated its stock Phone app for Android, adding a new emergency location feature. When you call 911, it will automatically present a location card on your screen, making it easier to provide your current address and map coordinates.

When you need to call 911, it’s likely you don’t have all the time in the world to think clearly. Relaying your location to the operator can be difficult, especially if you’re in an unfamiliar location and you’re trying to find that information in a hurry. But if you use Android, it’s now easier than ever, thanks to Google.

Calling 911 from Google’s Phone app now displays a new emergency location card on your screen. It tells you exactly where you are in the world with an address, map coordinates, and a preview of a Google Map. A quick glance gives you the information you need to relay to the emergency services in just a few seconds.

It’s a great idea, and we think it should be a standard feature in all Phone apps. It turns out carriers aren’t always great at providing this information to the emergency services; Android Authority points to one study that found only 20 percent of 911 calls made in San Francisco were sharing location data with a dispatcher, despite a 2001 mandate that made it the law.

In addition to the emergency location feature, the latest Phone update brings call waiting improvements and other bug fixes that should improve performance and stability. You can download it now from the Play Store by following the source link below if you use a Pixel, Nexus, Android One, or Google Play Edition smartphone.


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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