Android users in Ukraine get a feature that no one but Putin wants

Google was very quick to respond to events in Ukraine in an effort to save as many lives as possible. as Traffic on Google Maps in Ukraine has soared As citizens drive (and even walk) their way across the border into Poland, Google has decided to disable some of its features to prevent Maps from being used to track people’s movements within Ukraine.

Android users in Ukraine receive airstrike alerts on their phones

Google rightly believes that crowdsourcing data and traffic information can be used by the Russians as intelligence. While disabling these features on Google Maps was the right thing to do, Google has added an important feature for Android users in the war-torn country. company recently She updated a blog she posted early this month that revealed the steps she was taking to help Ukraine and stated that she had started pushing the Android Rapid Air Strike Alerts system.

Google was asked to develop this feature by the Government of Ukraine to supplement the country’s own system. The data Google uses to warn Ukrainians that they need to quickly find a safe place comes from alerts that Ukraine itself sends.

Google also announced earlier last week that it has stopped “the vast majority of our business activities in Russia – including ads on our properties and networks globally for all advertisers based in Russia, new cloud subscriptions, payments functionality for most of our services and monetization features for YouTube viewers in Russia.” Russia “. However, the company acknowledges that its free services, including Search, Gmail and YouTube, are still up and running in Russia. Google said it will continue to monitor developments closely.

We imagine Google sees Russian people as victims too (although obviously not to the same degree as the Ukrainians), and as long as it doesn’t accept payments for search, Gmail, and YouTube, it feels it shouldn’t deny Russians the use of these apps.

Google also gives companies in countries bordering Ukraine the opportunity to include their business profile in Google Maps and search information about whether they provide services to Ukrainian refugees. Hotel companies publish on their business profiles whether they are offering Ukrainian refugees free accommodation or reduced rates.

Other tech companies help each other Major US airlines offer free calls and texts to and from Ukraine. Some of these offers expired recently, but Verizon announced that it will continue to waive fees through March 17 for international calls, text messages, and in-country data charges for consumers and business customers to and from Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Ukraine.

UScellular allows its subscribers to make free calls to and from Ukraine until March 31.

Apple announced early in March that it would halt sales of its popular products in Russia including the iPhone, iPad and Mac, although that may have more to do with the rapidly deteriorating ruble and sanctions against the Russian financial system. I also left the App Store open, but it could be for the same reasons that Google didn’t disable it on YouTube, Search, and Gmail in Russia.

Apple has also followed Google by shutting down some Apple Maps features in Ukraine including Live Traffic. This prevents Ukrainian citizens from tracking Russian forces.