Android’s new Sound Notifications will alert you to ‘critical sounds’ around you

Sound Notifications additionally works with different Google gadgets like Put on OS smartwatches.

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Google on Thursday rolled out a brand new characteristic for Android designed to alert people with hearing loss about “critical household sounds” reminiscent of home equipment beeping, water working and canine barking. Sound Notifications will ship a push notification, set off a flash out of your digital camera mild or trigger your telephone to vibrate to seize your consideration. Whereas the characteristic is targeted on serving to people who find themselves deaf or exhausting of listening to, it may also be useful for individuals carrying earplugs or headphones, Google says.


Sound Notifications will ping you when there’s one thing round the home which may want your consideration.


Sound Notifications additionally works with different Google gadgets like Wear OS smartwatches, which ship textual content notifications with vibrations to your wrist when your telephone picks up on an essential noise. That may be useful to individuals who need to get alerts even whereas sleeping, “a priority shared by many within the deaf and exhausting of listening to neighborhood,” Google stated in a weblog publish.

The characteristic was developed with machine studying and works totally offline, utilizing your telephone’s microphone to choose up on 10 completely different noises reminiscent of smoke and fireplace alarms, working water, child sounds and a knock on the door. This builds upon Google’s sound detection features in Live Transcribe, which exhibits greater than 30 sounds with real-time captions to assist individuals higher perceive their environment. 

To activate Sound Notifications, go to Settings. Then go to the Accessibility menu to allow Sound Notifications. If that choice is not displaying up for you, download both Live Transcribe and Sound Notifications from Google Play, then head to settings to activate Sound Notifications. 

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