Google launches Sound Notifications that let your phone notify you of critical sounds around you

10 types of sounds, including water leaks, dog barking, and fire alarms.

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2020年10月11日, 午前 12:36 in egmt


This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.

Google has unveiled Sound Notifications, a feature that allows your smartphone to hear and notify you of critical sounds around you.

Even if you're hearing-impaired, wearing earbuds or earplugs, sleeping, or otherwise having a hard time noticing sounds, the feature will vibrate your phone or smartwatch or flash a camera light when it detects a specific sound, such as a fire alarm, a knock on the door, a barking dog, a baby crying, or water.

Google has been using automatic speech recognition technology to provide features such as Speech-to-Text converter, an app that listens to a person's voice and turns it into text, and Auto-Subtitle, an OS feature that turns any audio output from your phone into subtitles.

Newly released Sound Notifications applies this technology to constantly listen to specific sounds that require attention and notify you when they are detected.

The following types of sounds are currently available for detection

  • Smoke and fire alarms

  • Siren

  • Shouting

  • Baby sounds

  • Doorbell ringing

  • Knocking

  • Dog barking

  • Appliance beeping

  • Water running

  • Landline phone ringing

On Android smartphones, after installing the app 'Live Transcribe & Sound Notifications', you can choose whether to use Sound Notifications, which type of sounds to detect and how to be notified from the Accessibility in the Settings app.

Similar to speech-to-text conversion and transcription, the detection is handled only inside the phone, with no internet connection or audio transmission.


And by opening the timeline screen, you can also see the sounds detected in the past few hours, arranged in chronological order.

Whether it's just a dog barking, a knock on the door, an alarm, or an appliance warning beep, you can check before and after to determine if you need to prioritize your attention.

To use sound detection notifications, you need to install the Live Transcribe app, which comes pre-installed on some smartphones like Pixel.

Live Transcribe - Google Play

After installation, if you have "Sound Notifications" in the Accessibility of Settings app, it is available. If you've already installed it and it's not there yet, you'll have to wait for an update.

Important household sounds become more accessible

This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.


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