Every day we are bombarded by sounds that grab our attention, from the bark of the dishwasher to the bark of a dog. If you wear headphones or have hearing loss, you may miss the critical noises like a smoke alarm. The new sound notifications from Android try to solve this problem.
Sound Notifications is a new Android feature that handles push notifications. Using a number of algorithms, your Android phone can detect “critical noises” including sirens, a baby cry, a knock on the door, running water, and smoke and fire alarms.
When your phone detects a critical sound, it will send you a notification to see what it heard. If you have a Wear OS watch, it can send the notification there too.
However, just knowing that the dog is barking isn’t helpful out of context. To support this, Google has also developed a TimeLine view. When you receive a notification, you can go to the TimeLine view to see if anything else happened before the event. That way you can tell that someone knocked on the door and made the dog bark.
Sound notifications extend Google’s Live Transcribe capabilities, which can detect 30 sound events and provide real-time subtitles for a better picture of overall sound awareness.
Sound notification is disabled by default due to the potential for battery drain on running microphones. You can now access it. However, if you don’t see it already, you can try installing Live Transcribe and Sound Notifications from the Google Play Store.