July 3, 2022

What you need to know

  • During the I/O 2022 keynote, Google announced Emergency SOS is coming to Wear OS. 
  • This is a feature that is already available on our smartphones, but is coming to smartwatches. 
  • Google also announced an improved Earthquake Alert system will soon arrive on smartphones.

Amidst all of the hardware announcements during the I/O 2022 keynote, Google also shared some new software features that are soon to be on the way. These latest features surround personal safety, as Emergency SOS alerts are coming to the best Wear OS smartwatches.

This is something that is already available on the best Android phones, as it allows you to easily contact a trusted friend, family member, or call emergency services from your wrist. Once available, Emergency SOS can easily be activated, with a prompt appearing to select emergency services or your trusted contacts.

(Image credit: Google)

You’ll also find a large button at the bottom to cancel the SOS call being made, with a button to end the call and another one providing more options appearing after the call has been made. As expected, your Wear OS smartwatch will need to be paired to a phone with a network connection or have built-in cellular connectivity. We wouldn’t be entirely surprised if Emergency SOS for Wear OS doesn’t start rolling out until the Pixel Watch is officially released.