Google has announced that Android users in Ukraine will now receive air raid alerts on their phones ahead of attacks by Russian forces.
In a blog post on Thursday, the tech giant said it was working with the Ukrainian government to roll out an air raid warning system for Android phones in the country.
“Tragically, millions of people in Ukraine now rely on airstrike alerts to try to get to safety. At the request and with the help of the Ukrainian government, we have started rolling out a rapid air raid alert system for Android phones in Ukraine,” the company said.
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Air raid warning would be adapted from a system built to send early warnings about earthquakes.
“The system takes advantage of our low latency alert mechanism that we designed for earthquake alerts. The air raid system complements and shares the same triggers used for the country’s existing air raid warning systems,” said Dave Burke, vice president of engineering for Android, in a tweet.
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He said the system, called Ukrainian Alarm, will start rolling out on March 11 and will scale up to target all Android phones in Ukraine over the next few days.
Google has already highlighted the app on the Google Play Store ahead of the announcement.
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, Google has reduced its presence in Russia, including suspending all ad sales and removing Russian state-funded media apps from Google Play. in Europe.
“The Russian invasion of Ukraine is both a tragedy and a humanitarian disaster in the making,” Google wrote on March 1.
The company said it strives to “support Ukrainians through our products, defend against cybersecurity threats, deliver high-quality and reliable information, and ensure the safety and security of our colleagues.” and their families in the region”.
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