Pixel feature lets US users communicate with emergency operators without speaking

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  • Monday, 05 Aug 2019

Google to help users communicate with emergency services when they can't speak. — Google

Google has announced that Pixel smartphones in the US will soon support a feature that helps users communicate their needs to emergency services operators without speaking.

In emergency situations where people are unable to verbally communicate, it can be difficult to express over the phone to an emergency service operator all the information necessary to be properly taken care of.

Last week Google announced that it will soon be rolling out a feature that will allow users to make these calls via text-to-voice technology.

Within the Phone app, people will soon have the option to tap on new buttons – "Medical", "Fire", or "Police" – that correspond to their type of emergency. An example of the voice message that will be verbally communicated to an operator when you activate the service will appear as text in a pop-up window; if necessary, you can also speak yourself. All information shared between a user and an operator remains private.

This feature will be available through the free Phone mobile application on Pixel devices and a few select others in the US over the next few months. – AFP Relaxnews

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