Google has revealed that an aggregator of air attack alerts will be available soon for the “at-risk” Android user population over in Ukraine. In addition, they have just announced a partnership with the Ukrainian government to create software distributed through Google. According to their official blog post, they say they hope that this new feature can assist those who often find themselves in dangerous situations due to political problems plaguing their country and would like to remain informed at all times as to what’s happening directly around them.
Millions of people in Ukraine now rely on airstrike alerts to get to safety, according to Dave Burke, vice president of engineering for Android. The alert has been built based on the ones already sent by authorities and adapted from a system developed for quickly sending out warnings about earthquakes. Google says that the feature will be available in Ukrainian and English languages.
Google has already highlighted the Ukrainian Alarm app on the Google Play Store, which sends air raid notifications to Ukrainians in regions with active alerts. Burke says that the new alerts system begins rolling out today and will ramp up to all Android phones in Ukraine in the coming days.
Since the Ukraine crisis, Google has scaled back its Russian presence. It has paused all ad sales and removed some media apps from Google Play in the European Union.
Google published a blog post last Thursday regarding the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. The post outlines a few ways that Google is attempting to help with relief efforts, such as advocating for a resolution, protecting users from cyberattacks and creating new tools so that people can share information about those trapped inside of war areas or looking for loved ones who may be missing.