Google Plans to Turn All Android Phones into Earthquake Detectors! Have you heard of this ongoing trend yet? The tech giant, Google, has set up the “globe’s largest earthquake detection network” by giving Android phones the chance to act as miniature seismometers.
This company made an announcement saying that this functionality will go live soon. It will link millions of smartphones together to set up the Android Earthquake Alerts System.
Google Plans to Turn All Android Phones into Earthquake Detectors
Marc Stogaitis, the principal software engineer at Android, made a statement in a blog post saying “Starting today, your Android phone can be part of the Android Earthquake Alerts System, wherever you live in the world”. He further went on to say “This means your Android phone can be a mini seismometer, joining millions of other Android phones out there to form the world’s largest earthquake detection network”. Google Plans to Turn All Android Phones into Earthquake Detectors
How Will These Earthquake Detectors Work?
These detectors will work by making use of accelerometers. This is a tiny device that will be found in all Android smartphones, which will sense motion and velocity, in order to track the device’s orientation. The network will make use of the mobile phone’s accelerometer to find out the early signs of earthquakes that may happen.
If your phone detects the earthquake, it immediately forwards a signal to the Google server, together with the device’s location when the shaking occurred.
By joining several signals, the network can detect the level of the earthquake and notify phones in the areas it may affect. This gives people a warning to get themselves safe beforehand. Google Plans to Turn All Android Phones into Earthquake Detectors
Mr. Marc Stogaitis wrote; “We’re essentially racing the speed of light (which is roughly the speed at which signals from phone travel) against the speed of an earthquake. And lucky for us, the speed of light is much faster!”
What Is Google Saying?
Android is the most popular mobile operating system in the world. Used by people and manufacturers such as Sony and Samsung. Google Plans to Turn All Android Phones into Earthquake Detectors
At its annual developer last year, Google made an announcement that there are over 2 billion active Android smartphones. Such a large range allowed Google to nullify the time-consuming and costly procedures for installing a network of seismometers.
Google’s home state of California, which is open to earthquake incidents, already possesses more than 700 seismometers, which was installed by the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
These seismometers will power the state’s ShakeAlert earthquake detection system. Which will link to Android’s system as a form of partnership between USGS and Google.
According to California’s Governor, Gavin Newsom, “This announcement means that California’s earthquake warning system. And it will be a function on every Android phone. Which will give millions of seconds to drop, cover, and hold on when a big incident hits! Google Plans to Turn All Android Phones into Earthquake Detectors
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