Pixel phones can now automatically record and upload a video in an emergency

One of the features Google offers exclusively through its Pixel Android phones is the Personal Safety app. Over the years, its added features like a safety check-in that automatically notifies your emergency contacts if you don’t respond as scheduled and the ability to automatically dial 911 if it detects you’ve been in a car accident. Now XDA-Developers and Android Police point out a new feature that can automatically record video if you activate the built-in Emergency SOS. It informs users that it can record continuously for up to 45 minutes once it’s activated, assuming your phone has enough storage. If there’s an internet connection, the video will get automatically backed up to your Google Account, where it will be stored for seven days. If you tell the app to share automatically, it will send a link for that video file to any emergency contacts you’ve selected. If you have a Pixel phone, you can find the feature in the Personal Safety app’s settings. While it’s active, the phone is still available for you to use with a minimised viewfinder and notification icon to indicate that a recording is happening.

Microsoft’s new foldable phone, Surface Duo 2 is on its way

It’s official: the troubled Surface Duo is now last-gen. Microsoft announced its successor, the Surface Duo 2, during its recent fall Surface event, capping off months of rumours and introducing the device alongside the Surface Pro 8, Surface Laptop Studio, and a bevy of new devices designed to take advantage of Windows 11. The new Android-based smartphone starts at $1,499.99 and launches on October 20th in multiple configurations. It retains the hinged design of its predecessor – only this time, it comes equipped with a more thought-out camera system, 5G support, and a modern processor that brings it more in line with flagships from Samsung, Xiaomi, and OnePlus. And while it’s not a foldable in the traditional sense – it’s outfitted with two screens, not one. The Duo 2 doesn’t rely on a flexible display. Like its predecessor, it uses two separate, 5.8-inch OLED panels that amount to 8.3 inches when viewed together, with a large bezel running between them. The Surface Duo 2 looks to address many of the aforementioned problems. It’s equipped with the high-end Snapdragon 888 processor. Also, the Duo 2 only features 8GB RAM.