On Google Pixel devices, a unique safety feature called car crash detection calls emergency services when an accident is detected.
There is a possibility that Android phones without pixels might soon get access to the technology used to identify accidents using motion sensors.
Several allegedly found codes in Google's most recent Personal Safety app have raised the possibility of new safety measures launching for other Android phones soon.
In addition to car crash detection capabilities, Android phones are expected to have crisis alert and safety check capabilities.
Google's car accident detection is currently available on the Google Pixel 3 and subsequent devices with certain carriers, in specific places.
According to the description, the feature uses sensors to locate the phone, motion sensors, and adjacent sounds to detect car accidents.
The feature does not function when Battery Saver or Airplane mode is enabled. Android's Emergency Position Service notifies emergency services when a collision is detected, and the device calls emergency services with the approximate location and crashes information.
In an analysis of the most recent version of the Personal Safety app, 9to5Google examined the APKs to determine whether the car crash detection capability has been expanded to other Android devices.
The Personal Safety app is currently available on Google Play in version 2022.05.25. Source code found in the article mentioned 'non-pixel' phones, suggesting Google is adding safety features for devices other than Pixels.
According to the article, in some instances, Google changed the code so that 'your device' is used instead of 'Pixel.' Other Android devices will receive Pixel-only features like crisis notifications and safety checks.
It's unclear how the company will bring the feature to Android phones without pixels because the new feature requires a few permissions to operate. The Personal Safety feature should be added to Google Play soon.
Android handsets will initially have access to vehicle collision detection and other new safety features, but it is not known what devices will have access to them. Availability will depend on the brand.
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