Pixel Phones Can Automatically Record And Upload Videos In An Emergency

The Personal Safety app is one of the features available only on Google Pixel Android phones. It has added features such as a safety check-in that automatically notifies your emergency contacts if you do not respond as scheduled and the ability to automatically dial emergency services if it detects you have been in a car accident over the years. Now, XDA-Developers and Android Police have discovered a new feature that can automatically record video if the built-in Emergency SOS is activated.

It informs users that once activated, it can record continuously for up to 45 minutes, assuming your phone has enough storage. If you have an internet connection, the video will be automatically backed up to your Google Account and stored there for seven days. If you tell the app to Share Automatically, it will send a link to any Emergency Contacts you’ve specified.

If you have a Pixel phone, the feature can be found in the Personal Safety app’s settings. Users must press the phone’s power button five times to activate the Emergency SOS feature. While it is active, the phone is still usable, with a minimised viewfinder and a notification icon indicating that a recording is taking place. Depending on your settings, the SOS can also call emergency services, play (or not play) an alarm sound when activated and share information with your emergency contacts.

For other phones, Google tested a version of Emergency SOS in early betas for Android 12, but right now, this app and feature set is only for the Pixel line.

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