Android Phones First To Get Early Earthquake Warning Feature

The new Google Pixel 4 smartphone is displayed during a Google launch event on October 15, 2019 in New York City.
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By KCBS All News 106.9FM and 740AM

Android phones will soon allow you to get an earthquake alert before the shaking starts, something iPhones won't have just yet.

The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services is working with Google to embed an early warning technology into all Android phones, scheduled to arrive with the latest update.

"Everybody in California who has an Android phone with Google Play services, should be seeing this hopefully in the next couple of weeks, if everything goes well," Google Engineer Marc Stogaitis told KCBS Radio.

iPhones won't have it, but users can download the "My Shake" app for alerts.

We’re using the reach of @Android’s platform to help detect earthquakes. Starting today, your Android phone can be part of the Android Earthquake Alerts System. Here's how it works → https://t.co/o93oWYRjbB pic.twitter.com/GRfMaoi725

— Google (@Google) August 11, 2020