News reports about smartphones are always about specifications and new features. We rarely come across stories that throw light on the impact of these pocket computers on our lives. In one such story, Samsung's Galaxy S8 has helped in saving the lives of 20 people at sea in Cebu province, Philippines, thanks to its IP68 water and dust resistance.
A boat carrying 16 foreign divers and four Filipino nationals tipped over on July 8 in the waters off Bogo City. The passengers were, however, rescued their GPS location with a Galaxy S8. The device, which belongs to a Canadian national Jim Emdee, which is submerged in water but remains functional due to its water-resistant design. Ironically, this incident happened just days after Samsung's accusation of its resistance to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
“I really hope my thanks can make it to the engineering team” so honestly it really saved us all. “Only my s8 was able to connect and it worked all the way through it to land possible, and it really made the difference, “said Emdee while thanking Samsung's engineering team.
We are continuing to work towards producing devices that can help them when they are in situations, “Said James Jung, Head of Samsung Electronics Philippines, commenting on the incident.
So Samsung took this opportunity to remind users about the 'Send SOS messages' feature in Galaxy smartphones. When enabled (Settings → Advanced features → Send SOS message), users can press the power button three times quickly to send an SOS message to designated emergency contacts. The company also advised the GPS tracker on while traveling alone or in remote areas.
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