Google to introduce alterations to Android Emergency SOS in response to accidental calls

Since the beginning of time, emergency calls have linked phone users to life-saving services. However, in more recent times, wearables and smartphones have provided us with some fascinating new ways to obtain that assistance, such as accident detection and fall detection. However, these systems occasionally fail, as they did earlier this year when Android phones started making unintentional 911 calls, and it’s occurring once more right now.

With Android 12, Emergency SOS made its debut on Pixel phones, and Google mandated that other OEMs include it on their devices as well. The function is designed to make it simpler to contact emergency services during a crisis by simply repeatedly pressing the power button on your phone. Pressing the power button five or more times will initiate a countdown that will automatically dial for assistance. Unfortunately, it seems like that would be a very simple mistake to make without thinking about the repercussions.

Android phones accidentally contacting emergency services strain communication centers with “silent” calls and may delay assistance for individuals who need it. Google is tasked with solving this issue as authorities around the world raise the alarm.

According to the UK’s National Police Chiefs Council, Emergency SOS is becoming increasingly common on Android phones, which may be contributing to the record number of 999 calls. Silent calls have been claimed to be using up a lot of resources for police departments around the UK, including Devon and Cornwall Police, with each call taking up to 20 minutes to handle.

In response to the mounting worries, Google clarifies that it anticipates device manufacturers to release updates to fix this problem. A Google representative made it clear to the BBC that the company will assist OEMs in preventing unwanted calls by giving them greater direction and resources. Users who have personally dealt with this problem are urged to deactivate the Emergency SOS option.

Mishaal Rahman, an Android expert, emphasizes the issue’s global scope further by citing alerts from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in British Columbia. The European Emergency Number Association claims that this is a problem there as well because its members have noticed an increase in phone Emergency SOS calls coming from Android smartphones.

The issue appears to have lasted ever since the Emergency SOS functionality in Android 12 was first introduced, despite the most recent update to Android 13.

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