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Google warns of air strikes for Android users in Ukraine

Google warns of air strikes for Android users in Ukraine

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(Pocket-lint) – Google has announced that Android users in Ukraine will be warned of airstrikes on their phones.

In a blog post The company said it is working with the Ukrainian government on an alert system for Android users in the country.

XDA Developers discovered the feature first.

“Tragically, millions of people in Ukraine now rely on air strike alerts to stay safe,” Google explained in the blog post. “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. This work is complementary to the country’s existing air raid alert systems.”

Google said the alerts are based on existing alerts already sent by the Ukrainian government. Aloud David Burke, vice president of engineering for Android, the entire project was taken over by a system designed to warn of earthquakes. The new alert system went live on March 10 and will be extended to all Android phones in Ukraine.

The company did not specify that users need to turn on the air raid warning, so the system appears to work automatically.

In addition to the new alert system, the Google blog post reiterated actions it recently took in Russia, including halting all ad sales and removing Russian state-funded media apps from the Google Play Store in Europe. Other new measures were also revealed, such as waiving fees for international calls from Ukraine and from the US to Ukraine via Google Fi.

Written by Maggie Tillman.