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Android phones in the US can now provide accurate location data directly to emergency services

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

The location-finding capabilities of US emergency services are woefully inadequate, this much is known. What makes it all the more tragically ironic is that the very devices most often used to call 911 — smartphones — contain exceedingly accurate location data. How hard could it be to use that data for such an important purpose? Hard enough that it took Google until just now to expand its faster, more accurate Emergency Location Service (ELS) to the US.

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Android phones in the US can now provide accurate location data directly to emergency services was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Fossil 4th generation smartwatches will come pre-loaded with discreet emergency alert feature from Noonlight

Monday, August 27th, 2018

One of the no-brainer use cases for smartwatches is providing users with an easy way to call for help, and yet in many cases it's a multi-step process that requires an accompanying phone. Fossil is planning to address this gap in the market by partnering with digital safety platform Noonlight to integrate a discreet 911 alert button on its fourth generation smartwatches. The application will come pre-installed on the new Wear OS-powered Fossil smartwatches, which begin shipping tomorrow, August 28th.

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Fossil 4th generation smartwatches will come pre-loaded with discreet emergency alert feature from Noonlight was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Uber now has a panic button in the US

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Safety is a major concern of ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft. In an attempt to make both its riders feel more secure, Uber has added a direct method to call 911 via its app in the US. The company has tested the function out in India, but it's now live for everyone stateside. Additionally, these 911 calls will come with location tracking in select markets. These are both part of new Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi's initiative to improve the company's safety record.

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Uber now has a panic button in the US was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google aims to make 911 call locations more accurate

Friday, February 16th, 2018

When you call 911 from a landline phone, that number is tied to a physical address. It's easy for emergency responders to get to the right place. However, cell phones can be anywhere, and the carrier-based location reports sent to call centers are not always good enough. Google is working on a system that would provide faster, more accurate locations to 911 operators, and its first test reportedly went well.

In December and January, Android users in Texas, Tennessee, and Florida who called 911 had their locations routed to 911 dispatchers via the Google system.

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Google aims to make 911 call locations more accurate was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: It’s live] OnePlus 5’s 911 rebooting issue will be addressed in a software update soon

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

If you've ever been involved in an emergency in which you've had to call 911, chances are that you felt feelings of panic. While that may be a normal human reaction, one can only hope that the smartphone that's being used to dial 911 doesn't exhibit the same panicked nature as its owner in this critical time. The OnePlus 5 had a bit of an issue with this, but OnePlus is now saying that an update to fix this will be coming soon.

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[Update: It's live] OnePlus 5's 911 rebooting issue will be addressed in a software update soon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

OnePlus 5’s 911 rebooting issue will be addressed in a software update soon

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

If you've ever been involved in an emergency in which you've had to call 911, chances are that you felt feelings of panic. While that may be a normal human reaction, one can only hope that the smartphone that's being used to dial 911 doesn't exhibit the same panicked nature as its owner in this critical time. The OnePlus 5 had a bit of an issue with this, but OnePlus is now saying that an update to fix this will be coming soon.

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OnePlus 5's 911 rebooting issue will be addressed in a software update soon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Some OnePlus 5 owners report the phone reboots if you call 911

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

The OnePlus 5 offers a lot of features you don't usually see in a phone that costs under $500 like a dual camera, lightning fast fingerprint sensor, and a Snapdragon 835 SoC. However, owners of this phone say it may not be so good at one very basic and important feature—calling 911. Apparently the OnePlus 5 might reboot if you dial emergency services, which is a pretty serious problem.

Multiple users have spoken up, saying their phones have rebooted when making an emergency call.

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Some OnePlus 5 owners report the phone reboots if you call 911 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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