Monday , October 26 2020

Google will now alert you of household sounds through Android notifications

TNW uses cookies to personalize content and ads to
make our site easier for you to use.
We do also share that information with third parties for
advertising & analytics.

Gadgets for humans

Google is rolling out a handy accessibility feature that should make life easier in your home  — notifications about household sounds.

Once you enable this feature, your phone will recognize sounds like the doorbell, a barking dog, and running water. This functionality is powered by Google’s Live Transcribe technology, which was originally used only to convert speech to text. But now, it can also identify sounds around you.

While the household sound notifications are targeted towards people with hearing loss, it can also alert you to incidents if you’re wearing headphones and listening to music or podcasts.

Apart from displaying these alerts on your Android phone, Google can send them to your Wear OS watch too.

The Big G says this feature works completely offline through on-device machine learning, and currently, it detects 10 types of sounds including baby sounds, running water, smoke and fire alarms, and knocks on a door. This new feature will work on all devices running Android 5.0 or above through the Live Transcribe app.

Google’s not the only company to roll out this feature. Apple has a similar sound detection feature in its accessibility suite in iOS 14. However, the search giant also gives you a timeline of events for notifications in the past.

This feature is the part of Google’s recent update of accessibility features in which it also unveiled Action Block for ‘speaking’ common phrases such as ‘Yes, ‘No’, and, ‘Please help me.’ You can go to Action Blocks on your phone, and tap on the phrase you wanted to speak out loud.

For more gear, gadget, and hardware news and reviews, follow Plugged on
Twitter and
Flipboard.

Published October 9, 2020 — 05:41 UTC

Thank you!

Copyright © 2006—2020.
All rights reserved.
Made with

This Article was first published on thenextweb.com

About IT News Ug

Check Also

Asus Expertbook B9 review: This sleek fish isn’t your typical boring business laptop

TNW uses cookies to personalize content and ads to make our site easier for you …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

//azoaltou.com/afu.php?zoneid=2572107