A new utility from Google could save
your life.
The company on Monday announced
that emergency services will get exact
information on your location if you call
them with an Android smartphone.
Product manager Akshay Kannan in a
blog post pointed out that 70 percent of
emergency calls come from mobile
phones, and that “accurate emergency
location can be the difference between
life and death.”
He adds that the GPS information is
sent directly to emergency services, and
is “never seen on handled by Google.”
The service, dubbed the “Emergency
Location Service”, works on all phones
running Android 2.3 and up (essentially,
any Android phone from 2011
onwards). It was launched on Monday
in the UK and Estonia, and will soon
make its way to other nations.