The Indian Government decision to make panic button mandatory from January 1, 2017 has been fully supported by Huawei and sub-brand Honor. The Chinese manufacturer has welcomed this new move by the Government.

With increasing rape cases and sexual abuses in India, the government is leaving no stone upturned for the protection of women. It will not only provide security to women but will also assist law-enforcement agencies.

The Ministry of women and child development along with the government made a request in August last year to check if this features could be included in the phone. Honor became the first to respond to the request. Also the Honor smartphones sold in India include the SOS feature in their phone.

Mr Allen Wang, president of Consumer Business Group, Huawei telecommunication India Ltd opines that “We welcome this move by the Government of India and are committed to provide full support to ensure complete safety. All our smartphones are equipped with in-built GPS systems to provide assistance to our customers at any given time. Last year, we introduced SOS feature in all our smartphones to ensure women safety. We will work in compliance with all government requirements and regulations and keep working on software updates to provide users with features as laid by the government from time to time and as required”.

The main feature of the SOS button in the phone will be that it will act as an emergency alarm and send SMS to three preset number. Raising the alarm is very simple in this phone, it can be ticked off if the user shakes the phone to activate or even long hold the defined key. Furthermore, once the alarm is activated it will not only send the location information but will also sent a preset message and call informing them the crisis situation.

The manufacturing unit of Honor have not only added this feature to the upcoming phones in the market but have also created a software that can be updated in the old phones.

Talking further Mr Allen Wang also added ““Last year in August 2015, the government issued a directive to mobile phone manufacturers to incorporate a panic button on all handsets. We discussed the directive from the government with our R&D team in India and the result is here for all to see and experience. Within a short span of 2 months, the Huawei R&D team made available the first available prototype of a smartphone with the SOS feature embedded. Huawei R&D team is also working towards the SOS feature for all other Huawei and Honor smartphones.”