What’s new aside from Emergency SOS features for Wear OS? Now, as hinted above, the new features in question largely won’t be limited by device. And that’s good news with consideration for how Earthquake Alerts work. Earthquake Alerts is already available on Android in some regions. As its branding implies, the feature detects earthquakes. That works by using on-device accelerometer data from a phone to detect an earthquake while it’s happening. It then alerts users to the danger, provides information to help users stay safe, and then sends out a message to surrounding devices. That way, users in the surrounding area will know about the emergency situation as well.
Among the most significant announcements made by Google during its Google I/O 2022 Developers Conference were those about disaster preparedness and safety. And, with a greater emphasis on the future Pixel Watch and Wear OS in general, several rather big announcements were made. Among these, according to recent sources, was the development of Earthquake Alerts and Emergency SOS functionality for Wear OS devices. The second of the two functions is basically new and will not be limited to the new Pixel Watch. Google hopes to completely showcase the gadget in the autumn. To summarise, Emergency SOS enables Wear OS is a smartwatch function that is activated by the user. It enables users to call family members or emergency services in their near vicinity with minimum input.
With the latest Google I/O announcement, Google indicates that more regions will receive the feature “in the near future” too. Google hasn’t detailed exactly when the new Emergency SOS features for Wear OS will arrive or when the expansion of Earthquake Alerts will happen, either. Typically, Google does take a few months to roll out features, once announced. So, although that could be different this time around, users shouldn’t expect them to arrive within the next few months.