Google is rolling out a new feature that aims to alert users about earthquakes immediately. The tech giant started rolling out the new earthquake alert feature on Android devices in the month of April for select countries. Now, the company is expanding the list of countries.
In cases of earthquakes, an early warning can help prepare people for aftershocks, but it is costly to build and deploy public infrastructure to detect and alert everyone about an earthquake. Google plans to use a wide network of Android devices to provide people with timely, useful earthquake information as they search, plus a few seconds of warning when they need it, to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. can be given
Android phones can be part of an earthquake alert system using this feature. An Android phone could be a mini seismometer, which joins millions of other Android phones to form the world’s largest earthquake detection network.
All smartphones come with tiny accelerometers that can sense the signals that an earthquake is about to occur. If the phone detects something it thinks might be an earthquake, it sends a signal to Google’s earthquake detection servers, along with a rough location of the location where the tremor occurred. The server then aggregates information from multiple phones to determine whether an earthquake is occurring.
Even when users see “earthquake” or “earthquake near me,” they’ll find results relevant to their area, along with helpful resources on what to do after an earthquake. Users who do not wish to receive these alerts can turn it off in the device settings.
In the first phase of the rollout, Google introduced the Android earthquake alert system in Greece and New Zealand. Last week, Google launched the feature in Turkey, the Philippines, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The company is trying to roll out the facility at a faster rate in countries that record earthquakes more frequently.
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