Google rolls out fall detection so the Pixel Watch won’t fall further behind rivals

Starting today, you’ll be able to enable fall detection on the Pixel Watch. | Image: Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

When the Pixel Watch launched back in October, the company said to expect fall detection to arrive sometime in winter 2023 — and it looks like Google just squeaked in ahead of the deadline. Starting today, Google is rolling out the safety feature to all Pixel Watches.

Google’s version of fall detection is similar to those you’ll find on other smartwatches, like the Apple Watch and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and 5 lineups. It uses the device’s motion sensors and machine learning to figure out when someone’s taken a tumble and might need some help. The feature will purportedly kick in about 30 seconds after it detects a hard fall. At that point, the watch will vibrate, sound an alarm, and flash a notification asking if the Pixel Watch…

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