India’s government started exploring ways to improve women’s safety. All mobile phones sold in India will be required to have a panic button as of next yearOfficials decided that having a physical “panic button” was faster than using an application for the mobile phone. All mobile phones will also be required to have GPS by 2018.
For Kiranjeet Kaur, an analyst, this new requirement will affect more the companies building low-cost phone than big company. He added that in India “There are a few apps that can be already used on smartphones. The Uber App has an SOS button, the BSafe app and Motorola Amartphones in India also come with an emergency button option.”