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The smartphone that delivers crime warnings

The smartphone that delivers crime warnings
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If you own an Android device or are planning on owning one soon, a new update is helping your phone protect you. Google updated Android's Google Now to notify you about policy activity happening around you.

If you aren't familiar with Google Now, it's Android's all-in-one scheduler originally built as a Siri competitor. The police updates come in the form of "cards" than you can flip through whenever you unlock your phone. You can also set alerts for whenever an alert from police is sent.

Bonus tip: Check out my all-in-one guide to how Google Now could make your life easier.

Google Now will also update you about eclipses and other astronomical events that might be interesting to you. While this update might not seem major, it could actually help notify potential victims about escaping criminals. Knowing when and why your door should be locked keeps everyone a little safer.

This update, along with one amazing trick that Siri wishes she could do, make Google Now one of the Android platform's top features.

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