Thanks to a new gesture, emergency calls should no longer be triggered so easily “accidentally” by Android phones.
Not only in the US, but also in Germany, the new emergency functions of the Android operating system have caused a large number of false emergency calls The new system was very sensitive and could be triggered very easily (press the power button 5 times). We reported on these issues over the summer.
Due to the sheer number of Android users, this has been a serious problem, especially in Germany, and now there seems to be a solution. Google is making some changes to the related system. A new gesture is now implemented to be able to trigger an emergency call
There is now another confirmation gesture before an emergency call is triggered. The user has to hold a button on the display for 3 seconds to confirm the emergency call. You can also turn off this gesture in the “Security” app
Note that these features may vary between manufacturers. This new gesture is basically only available where the aforementioned Google app is used for personal security.