Detecting an earthquake will soon be possible on all Android smartphones, Google said on its blog Friday.
The app, already available in California, will be downloadable in the coming months.
"A few seconds of warning can make a difference by giving you time to bend down, cover yourself and hold yourself back before the shock hits," the multinational said.
Android smartphones are actually made up of tiny accelerometers that can double as mini-seismometers.
When the laptop detects early signals of an earthquake, it will alert Google's servers and send them its approximate location. By consulting the data of other Android smartphones located in the same area, the firm will be able to verify whether an earthquake is going to occur, as well as the power of the latter.