Microsoft Teams Can Block 911 Calls on Android
Google has confirmed that Android phone users with the Microsoft Teams app installed may not be able to call 911 in an emergency in certain situations. The issue occurs only when someone has the Teams app installed but is not signed in. It also does not happen with versions of Android older than version 10. Users who may be affected are urged to make sure they are, and remain, signed in to Teams. If not, Google says that uninstalling and reinstalling the app "will address the problem in the interim". Microsoft will be releasing an update to the Teams app soon to permanently fix the issue. Google will also address the issue in its next monthly Android security update in early January.
Aug 2, 2019
Google is adding a new feature to some Android phones that can speak to an emergency operator on your behalf when you call 911. During an emergency call, three new buttons — "Medical", "Fire", and "Police" — will be available in case you're unable to speak.
Dec 17, 2019
Sprint has joined T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T in offering a free service with basic protection against fraud and spam callers. Like the free services already offered by other carriers, Sprint's new Call Screener Basic can block the highest-risk fraud calls, and identify other likely spam calls as they ring.
Nov 20, 2019
Verizon has added detailed maps of its mmWave 5G coverage to its web site. The maps show where 5G is available on a block-by-block basis in the cities where Verizon has launched the service.
May 7, 2020
Apple has added a new feature to iOS that can electronically share your "Medical ID" data with emergency dispatchers when you call 911. Apple's Health app already lets you input medical info such as blood type, allergies, medical conditions, and emergency contacts.
Jun 25, 2020
OnStar, the roadside- and emergency-assistance service for GM vehicles, is now available as an app for iOS and Android phones. The new OnStar Guardian app uses phone sensors to detect when you've been in a vehicle crash, including non-GM vehicles without OnStar.