“Fast Emergency Dialer” coming to Pixel handsets as soon as this week
Pixel users can get in touch with the proper authorities quickly in case of an emergency
Similar to some weather apps that update your current position while you are on the move, the “Fast Emergency Dialer” will also be updated while you travel so that you’ll always have the local emergency numbers to call no matter where you are. Google says that the feature has started rolling out to Pixel phones. Now that the month has changed to March, the new dialer could be part of the upcoming quarterly Pixel feature drop that could be released at any time..
Traditional Emergency Dialer at left, Fast Emergency Dialer at right. Credit Mishaal Rahman
Googlehas often added new safety features to Pixel handsets during the quarterly feature drops. The Car Crash Detection feature, which can call for help if a Pixel detects that you are not responding following a collision, was added to three new countries (France, Italy, and Taiwan) during the December feature drop; it already was offered in the U.S. with 2019’s Pixel 4 series.
In areas where the “Fast Emergency Dialer” is not yet enabled, the traditional dialer can make a 9-1-1 call
Other issues might also stop the FED from working. In those cases, the phone will switch by itself to the traditional dialer which requires you to tap in the emergency numbers ahead of time. That is why the “Fast Emergency Dialer” is such a godsend to Pixel users who don’t want to be in the position of having to remember the emergency phone number in the city they end up in order to properly place an emergency call beyond the usual 9-1-1..
The “Fast Emergency Dialer joins the other Pixel emergency features including location sharing for emergency features, earthquake detection, the aforementioned car crash detection, and more. And with the FED, Pixel users should feel secure in the knowledge that wherever they are, when an emergency arises, a call for help can be made to the proper authorities quickly.