August 12, 2020
California Governor Gavin Newsom formed a partnership with Google that will incorporate California’s earthquake early warning technology into all Android phones. The alliance builds on the success of California’s first-in-the-nation earthquake alert system introduced last fall.
The forthcoming update to the Google’s Android operating system will use the same data feed to receive and distribute alerts as the state’s system.
Gov. Newsom says, “It’s not every day that Silicon Valley looks to state government for state-of-the-art innovation, but that’s exactly what is happening today. This announcement means that California’s world-class Earthquake Early Warning System will be a standard function on every Android phone – giving millions precious seconds to drop, cover and hold on when the big one hits.”
While the state’s application has been downloaded more than a million times since being launched, the new Google technology will automatically be included in millions of Android phones used in California, without the need to download a separate app.
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