Earthquake alerts are being incorporated into Android, Google’s mobile operating system, the company has announced.
The feature will be included in a refresh of Google Mobile Services, so a full operating system upgrade won’t be necessary. That means the new addition will be available to most Android users — except those in China, which doesn’t use GMS.
“Google is embedding this alert warning tool directly into their operating system,” said Brian Ferguson, deputy director for crisis communications for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES).
“Android users will no longer need to download an app to receive alerts,” he told TechNewsWorld.
Android Principal Software Engineer Marc Stogaitis explained in a company blog that earthquakes happen daily around the world, with hundreds of millions of people living in earthquake regions.
“An early warning can help people prepare for shaking, but the public infrastructure to detect and alert everyone about an earthquake is costly to build and deploy,” he wrote.
“We saw an opportunity to use Android to provide people with timely, helpful earthquake information when they search, as well as a few seconds warning to get themselves and their loved ones to safety, if needed.” he added.
Story culled from Technewsworld