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Google introduces AI-powered scam call detection feature on Android: Here's how it will work

Google has relieved millions of Android smartphone users from a major concern. The tech company announced a real-time scam alert feature at Google I/O 2024, which will use AI to prevent users from sharing information during fake calls.

Written By: Om Gupta New Delhi Published on: May 15, 2024 21:36 IST
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Google addressed a major concern for Android users at the Google I/O 2024 event on May 14. The company made several announcements, including the introduction of the Scam Call Alert feature. This feature, demonstrated during the event, displays an alert when users receive calls from private numbers. It is powered by Google's Gemini AI, which uses artificial intelligence to detect and alert users to potential scam calls.

Android shared a brief video of the feature on its official social media handle. According to Android's post, the feature is currently in development and will utilise Gemini Nano AI to detect fake calls and provide real-time alerts.

When a fraudulent call is detected, users will receive an alert message stating that banks never ask customers to move their money to a safe place. Users will have the option to disable the alert and continue the call or end it immediately.

Google stated in its blog that global fraud amounted to 1 trillion dollars in the past year. The company is testing the Scam Call Alert feature using Gemini Nano AI to enable users to detect scam calls in real time. For instance, if a call requests immediate fund transfers or payment for a gift card, the alert will appear on the phone screen.

Scammers often attempt to extract sensitive information such as credit card PINs and passwords during calls. Google's feature aims to alert users during such conversations. While Google has not provided extensive details about this feature, it is expected to be available to Android users by the end of the year.

Meanwhile, during the keynote, Google CEO Sundar Pichai introduced a new Gemini AI-powered feature in Google Photos called "Ask Photos." This feature aims to make it easier for Google Photos users to search for specific photos or retrieve information from their gallery.

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