San Francisco: Google is expanding its advanced location tracking feature for Android called “Emergency Location Service (ELS)” to the US. Launched in 2016 and is currently available in 14 countries (excluding India), ELS provides accurate locations both indoors and outdoors by using a combination of GPS, Wi-Fi, mobile networks and sensors. Also Read - Masks Are Still Important: Google Doodle is Back With An Important Reminder As Covid-19 Cases Surge

“Google is deploying ELS in the US, including the Virgin Islands, in partnership with emergency technology company RapidSOS and wireless service providers T-Mobile and West,” Jen Chai, Product Manager, Android, Google wrote in a blog post late on Wednesday. Also Read - Google to Block Apps From Accessing Entire App List on Phones

“Wireless providers like T-Mobile have existing ways to share emergency locations with emergency centres, but this integration with ELS will help deliver higher accuracy locations faster than before,” Chai wrote. Also Read - Google Announces Not To Attend Mobile World Congress 2021 Due To Covid-19 Travel Restrictions

Since the launch of ELS around the world, the most observed impact of the feature has been in critical, emergency situations by shortening emergency response times.

“You don’t need to install a separate app, update your OS, or have special hardware to benefit from more accurate location. The location is computed on the device and delivered directly to emergency providers only when you explicitly call an emergency number,” Chai added.

The location tracking service is compatible with Android version 4.0 and above.