Google Phone App Update Brings Emergency & Call Waiting Improvements

The Google Phone app has a nice update rolling out this morning that brings some new features.  The update is build 10.1.161735957 for those keeping score at home and who like to play Google version bingo and it is rolling out to the Play Store now.

The big new feature in this update to the Phone app is emergency location information.  If you call 911 here in the US, you will be shown in the app (via Google maps) where you are calling from so that emergency services can find you faster.  It helps you see where you are faster which means help can get to you faster.

This update to the Google Phone app also has improvements for Call Waiting.  Now, if you have a call come in while you are

Google Phone App for Android
Google Phone App for Android

another call, you have the option to take that second call and disconnect the first.  Until now, you could only put the first call on hold.

There are, as you would expect, other bug fixes and improvements to the app for stability and performance.  Nothing is explicitly called out in the release notes on what exactly was fixed, which is the normal Google mode of operation on updates.

The Google Phone app is for the Pixel, Nexus, Android and and Google Play Edition devices and must be running Android 6.0 or higher.