Good news if you have an Android device as a new panic button feature was just noticed. This panic button feature seems to be available in Android Nougat 7.1, which is one of the newest versions of the Android operating system. We have all of the latest information about what this feature will do and how it can help you in your time of need.
Panic Button Aims to Close Apps Quickly
While you might be thinking the panic button feature is something to help you in a real emergency, but this is not exactly what the feature does. The panic button feature is actually there to help you get out of an app very quickly if you are stuck. You might have tried to press “Back” and the app not close down or the app has glitched causing the device to lock up. This new panic button feature is essentially like a force-closure of the app you are having issues with.
You might think of this as using “CTRL” + “ALT” + “DEL” on your computer in order to end a task with a computer program not responding. The panic button feature is similar to that because it is like a detection that can close the app down even if it has stopped responding to your own repeated attempts at hitting the back button.
XDA Developers were first to report this new feature, although the panic button feature does not seem to be in all or on all Android Nougat 7.1 devices. This could be a test rolling out by Google to determine whether or not this feature is worth having around on all Android devices. This could also be a test for a small group of Android devices in order to see if Google would like to put this into the upcoming Android O, which will be released in the fall.
So you might have this new panic button feature on your device right now, but it likely will not be hitting all Android devices until sometime in the near future. In fact, this feature has not even been talked about by Google at this point in time, it is just something XDA Developers happened to stumble upon.
More About Panic Button Feature
Whether you call this panic button or panic detection, the main goal of this is to listen for those frantic back button presses. Once you begin to frantically press the back button, Android ends up overriding the app and closing it down. In order to get the feature to work, you need to hit the back button four times in a very quick succession, meaning one press and then another, and so on.
You have to have very little delay in between the four back button presses in order to activate the panic button feature. Android will then recognize this as a signal that you are trying to get out of the app but it has not been closing down, and that is when the system itself takes over and brings you back to the home screen.
You can use the panic button for possible malware or adware situations and could also just use the feature if your app has decided to glitch out and bug out on you. It is a very good thing that Google has finally found a way to kill an app when it decides to not respond, since that can disable the app from loading up until you know what is wrong. It appears that this is a function that you will need to enable in order to get it to work, which should be found within the Settings or Accessibility Options.
As we stated, this seems to not be available on all Android devices. This means that you might have to wait for a while before you can try out the new feature. We can almost guarantee though, that everyone will have this feature on their Android device once Android O rolls out. Most new Android devices that have Nougat 7.1 should also be able to get the new feature very soon.