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Google Pixel introduces 'Safety Check' feature in new update

New Google Pixel update includes new health and personal safety features
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It doesn't have the price tag of many high-end smartphones, but we love the Google Pixel for its top-tier design and budget price point. That is what won Google's flagship phone range its numerous appearances in our roundup of the best smartphones. Now, Google is adding some innovative and potentially life-saving features to its range of Pixel phones in a new update. 

The Pixel 4 will get a new Personal Safety app, which includes Google's new 'safety check' feature. This will allow users to set a check-in from the app when they're heading out alone. In a blog post, Google explained the potential uses of this feature:

'For example if you’re about to go on a run or hike alone, safety check will make sure you made it back safely. If you don’t respond to the scheduled check-in, the app will alert your emergency contacts. In the event that you need immediate help or are in a dangerous situation, emergency sharing notifies all of your emergency contacts and shares your real-time location through Google Maps so they can send help or find you.'

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The safety alert will give you the option of dismissing your prompt, sending an alert to emergency contacts, or calling 911. If you don't respond to the prompt, it will send out an alert and location information automatically. Of course, you don't have to use the new feature, but for those concerned for their personal safety when heading out alone, it could be a reassuring tool. 

What else is on offer? 

Google is also offering features designed to help you sleep better. Maintaining a schedule is essential for sleeping well and general health, so this new feature could help in creating important habits. You can set a bedtime and a wake-up time, and also pick from an array of 'sleep sounds' to help you drift off. There's also some great wake-up features for those sick of the sound of their alarm clock. 'Each morning, you can wake up with your favorite track or with a gradually brighter screen with Sunrise Alarm.'