The Indian government has announced that all mobile phones sold in the country from January 1, 2017 should come with a panic button that will allow anyone in need the ability to contact authorities with a single key. Built-in GPS is also a mandatory feature in phones going on sale next year. The move comes after the government has instituted a single "112" number for emergencies, including police services, ambulances, and the fire department.
For smartphones that cannot accommodate dedicated buttons — such as the Lumia 950 and 950 XL — manufacturers will have to incorporate a mechanism through which users can contact authorities by pressing the power button thrice in quick succession:
From Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad:
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Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia for Android Central, Windows Central's sister site. When not reviewing phones, he's testing PC hardware, including video cards, motherboards, gaming accessories, and keyboards.