As the conflict in Ukraine continues, Google is rolling out an Android feature it hopes will help people in the country stay safe.
Google issues airstrike alerts to Android phones in Ukraine
The Ukrainian government asked Google to deploy a air attack warning system on Android phones, and worked with the company to make it happen. Google says the feature complements existing air raid warnings — it’s based on the warnings the government already provides to its residents.
AT latest blog post update in which it details the steps it is taking to help Ukraine, Google says it has suspended most of its business activities in Russia. These include ads for all Russian-based entities, Google Cloud subscriptions, payments on most services, and YouTube monetization features for Russian viewers. Free services like YouTube, Gmail and Search are still available in Russia for now.
Starting today (11), hotel owners in countries neighboring Ukraine can indicate on their business profile whether they offer discounts or free stays for refugees. Businesses can share details on their business profile on research and maps on the services and assistance they provide to refugees from Ukraine.
Google also allows NGOs in Warsaw to use one of its campsites to provide legal and psychological support to refugees. He previously announced similar support for NGOs in Slovakia, Romania and Hungary, as well as a pledge of $10 million to local organizations in Poland helping refugees.
Meanwhile, Google’s threat analysis group detected activity from FancyBear and Ghostwriter, hacking groups suspected of having ties to Russia and Belarus, respectively. The team shared details about these threats earlier this week to raise awareness among members of the security community and those who may be exposed to cyberattacks.
Additionally, the company claims to have complied with an EU directive to remove state-funded Russian media sites from search results in the region. It also removes more Russian media apps from Google Play.