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Fall detection is now available on Pixel Watches

All users of Pixel Watches can now access Google’s much-awaited fall detection feature, which was announced today. This functionality utilizes machine learning and motion sensors to determine if the user has experienced a significant fall and to connect them with the appropriate assistance if necessary. This feature is similar to Apple’s fall detection feature, which has been available since the launch of the Apple Watch Series 4 in 2018. The announcement coincided with Mobile World Congress (MWC), which is taking place in Barcelona this week.

Starting today, Pixel Watch users can opt into the fall detection feature. A promotional card will appear on their Watch Companion App’s “Updates” page or in the Personal Safety app, where they can enable fall detection.

When a Pixel Watch detects a hard fall and there is no movement for approximately 30 seconds, the watch will vibrate, sound an alarm, and display an on-screen notification to check if the user requires assistance. The user can then tap “I’m OK” to dismiss the notification or “I fell & need help” to contact emergency services immediately.

If the user does not respond to either of these prompts, the watch’s alarm will continue for approximately one minute, getting louder in the final few seconds. If there is still no response, the watch will automatically attempt to call emergency services and play an automated message requesting assistance at the user’s location. The user can also speak to the emergency operator themselves if possible to let them know if help is required.

Google claims that the fall detection feature has undergone extensive testing to ensure that the Pixel Watch can differentiate between a hard fall and a vigorous physical activity or a minor stumble, so users don’t have to worry about accidentally initiating an emergency call while doing exercise.

During the smartwatch’s launch, Google had stated that fall detection would be available in the winter. Fall detection is now accessible in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Ireland, Japan, Australia, and Taiwan.

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