Google Implements Air Raid Alerts for Ukraine

Google said it is rolling out an Android feature it hopes would help people in the country stay safe, the company announced on Thursday.

“Tragically, millions of people in Ukraine now rely on airstrikes alerts to try to get to safety. At the request, and with the help, of the government of Ukraine, we’ve started rolling out a rapid Air Raid Alerts system for Android phones in Ukraine. This work is supplemental to the country’s existing air raid alert systems and based on alerts already being delivered by the Ukrainian government,” Google Global Affairs President Kent Walker said.

Google also announced it had suspended most of its commercial activities in Russia, including ads for all entities based in Russia, Google Cloud signups, payments on most services, and YouTube monetization features for Russian viewers. 

Google has also complied with an EU directive to remove Russian state-funded media websites from search results in the region and more Russian media apps from Google Play.

However, for the time being, Google said its free services such as YouTube, Gmail, and Search are still available in Russia.

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