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Android 12’s new Emergency SOS feature is back in Beta 1

Android 12’s new Emergency SOS feature is back in Beta 1

Back during the first Developer Preview for Android 12, a new iOS-like Emergency SOS feature was spotted that let you panic-smash your power button five times to make an emergency call. The feature disappeared from Settings in subsequent releases, but it’s back as of Beta 1.

 

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The interface and settings look unchanged since Developer Preview 1, though updated for the new “silky home” one-handed UI that is now enabled by default and was hidden in that initial release. As before, Emergency SOS lives in the “safety & emergency” section of Settings on Pixels, and you can configure both the number that it calls and if a countdown alarm is also triggered.

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In testing, the SOS screen itself remains mostly unchanged since DP1 as well, with a swipe to cancel and a big countdown. On my device, the “Emergency SOS” header at the top is out of position, while it was centered in DP1, but that could be a bug.

For more Android 12 news, keep an eye on our ongoing feature-level coverage.

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