Google Adds Voice-free Emergency Calling To Files App; To Soon Offfer Dark Mode

Posted: Aug 2 2019, 7:31pm CDT | by , in Technology News

Google adds voice-free emergency calling to Files app; to soon offfer dark mode
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Google announced some upgrades to its Files app and a new emergency-calling feature that lets users contact 911 without having to speak.

Google is upgrading Google Files by updating it with better offline playback controls for music and video files. The new controls will allow users to skip, rewind, or fast-forward through media.

The company said its file management app would soon receive support for a dark mode, which helps preserve battery life and reduce eyestrain. The new features would be coming to Files in the next few days.

Alongside the new feature announcements, Google revealed some usage statistics for Files. According to the company, the app is now used by 100 million users worldwide to free up around 8GB of space every second.

The tech giant is also adding a new emergency-calling feature to its Phone app that lets users contact 911 without having to actually speak. This is useful when users are unable to verbally communicate because they are in injured or in a dangerous situation or have a speech impairment.

When calling an emergency number, the Google Phone app will soon feature an “Alert operator without speaking” panel to “Silently share location & emergency type.” After tapping Medical, Fire, or Police, your phone will talk to the emergency operator on your behalf with text-to-speech.

A pop-up will show what the person on the other end is hearing. The automated voice can be canceled at any time to start talking directly to the operator. The automated message specifies your location derived from GPS and other emergency location services, 9to5Google reports. A plus code is also included to provide a more reliable marker.

The service works completely on-device, with information staying between you and emergency services. It also functions offline without a data connection.

Pixel phones will be the first to receive it, but other Android devices that use the Google Phone app will also be eligible. This feature will become available first in the United States over the coming months.

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