Apple Watch has a fall detection feature that can call emergency services if it detects a sudden, hard fall. Google is now aiming to add the same functionality to its Pixel Watch.
Google today confirmed several software features that are now rolling out to the Pixel Watch, including updated tiles for weather and contacts, and the Fitbit sleep profile that was confirmed back in November. The company also revealed a feature coming next year, saying: “In 2023, the Pixel Watch will be equipped with Fall Detection, which will contact emergency services if the Watch detects that you’ve taken a hard fall and isn’t responding.”
Fall detection was first included on the Apple Watch Series 4 and quickly became a major selling point for the watch. Most of Apple’s press events since then have included a segment featuring people who could have died (or at least been further injured) without the automated emergency call, and it’s also been heavily promoted in advertisements. Some other fitness and tracking devices have similar functionality, but it’s not present on any of Google’s Fitbit devices or the Pixel Watch.
The fall detection feature could be an invaluable addition to the Pixel Watch once it arrives. Samsung has a similar feature on the Galaxy Watch series, but real-world test results are mixed. That could also be a reason why Samsung hasn’t promoted fall detection as widely as Apple.