Android's New Sound Notifications Alert You to Critical Noises You May Not Hear

A barking dog and a notification on a bark alert phone.
Google

Every day we are bombarded with noise that catches our eye, from the sound of the barking of the dishwasher to the barking of a dog. If you wear headphones or have hearing loss, you might miss critical noises, like a smoke detector. Android’s new sound notifications aim to address this issue.

Sound notifications are a new Android feature that works through push notifications. Using a series of algorithms, your Android phone can identify “critical noises” including sirens, baby crying, knocking on the door, running water and smoke alarms. and fire.

When your phone detects critical noise, it sends you a notification to let you know what it heard. If you have a Wear OS watch, it can also send the notification there.

A Wear OS watch with a notification about flowing water.
Google

Just knowing the dog is barking isn’t helpful without context, however, and to help you out, Google has also developed a TimeLine view. When you receive a notification, you can display the TimeLine view to see if anything else happened before the event. This way you can find out that someone knocked on the door causing the dog to bark.

Sound notifications extend Google’s live transcription functionality, which can detect 30 sound events and provide real-time captions for a better picture of overall sound perception.

Due to the potential drain of the battery of microphones in constant operation, the audible notification feature is disabled by default. You can access it now, but if you don’t see it yet, you can try installing Live transcription and audio notifications from the Google Play Store.

Source: Google

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