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Android has a new feature that alerts you to critical household sounds

By Cookie Monster - on 12 Oct 2020, 12:00am

Android has a new feature that alerts you to critical household sounds

Google recently introduced a new Android feature, Sound Notifications on the Accessibility menu. 

In a blog post, Google states that Sound Notifications is designed for the estimated 466 million people in the world with hearing loss. Developed with machine learning, Sound Notifications can work offline and uses the phone's microphone to recognise 10 different noises (e.g. baby sounds, water running, smoke and fire alarms, appliances beeping and door knocking).

Once the feature detects any of these noises, it will provide push notifications such as a flash from the camera light or vibrations on your phone. The push notifications will alert the user if he/she happens to be unable to hear temporarily as a result of injury, wearing earplugs or headphones.

Sound Notifications also works with other devices, including Wear OS smartwatches. Users can get text notifications on their wrists with vibrations. There is a Timeline view to allow users to scroll through an overview of detected sounds from the past few hours.

You can enable Sound Notifications on your Android phone via Settings > Accessibility Menu > Enable Sound Notifications. If this option is not available, you can download Live Transcribe and Sound Notifications from Google Play. 

Source: Google