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  • UK police have warned against Android’s Emergency SOS feature.
  • The feature has resulted in a sharp rise in accidental emergency service calls.
  • The warning comes after similar warnings around the world.

Several Android OEMs offer Emergency SOS on their phones, allowing you to quickly tap the power button five times to call emergency services. This has unfortunately resulted in a sharp rise in the number of unnecessary emergency calls in some countries, and now the UK has raised the alarm.

The BBC reports (h/t: Mishaal Rahman) that the National Police Chiefs Council of the UK has warned against Emergency SOS functionality on Android devices. The feature has been available on Android since Android 12.