Send emergency messages and sound the alarm with the new Motorola Alert app

Emergency alert apps — as in the kind that will let designated contacts know you’re in trouble — are the new hotness for smartphones, apparently. Samsung has a pretty intricate one built into its Galaxy S5. There are numerous third-party apps. And now Motorola’s got its own in Motorola Alert, which launched on the Moto E but will also be available on the Moto G and Moto X.

The gist is this: Motorola Alert lets you designate contacts to receive its emergency broadcasts. You then send out alerts for those contacts to meet you at your current location, you can broadcast your current location to them at specific intervals, or you can have your phone blare out an “OH CRAP!!!” siren and also send emergency messages to your designated contacts. And, finally,

To be clear — and as the name of the app certainly should imply — Motorola Alert is about emergency situations. It’s not meant to be used as a kid (or parent) tracker.

Let’s take a quick look at how it works.

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