Android’s new sound alerts can let you know when your baby is crying
Android phones can now notify you when they detect certain sounds. It would specifically be helpful for people who are deaf or hearing-impaired.
If you turn on the feature, called Sound Notifications, you can have your Android phone inform you about some sounds via a push notification, a flash from your camera light, or by making your phone vibrate. Other devices support Sound Notifications as well, including Wear OS devices, which can send Sound Notifications via text notifications with vibrations. According to Google, they work entirely offline.
Google says Sound Notifications can listen for ten different noises; smoke and fire alarms, sirens, shouting, baby sounds, doorbell ringing, knocking, dog barking, appliance beeping, water running, and landline phone ringing.
Sound Notifications are already installed on Pixel phones and “select other Android phones” and can be turned on from the accessibility menu in settings. You can also get the feature by downloading Google’s Live Transcribe app, which can transcribe audio it “hears” in real time.
In August, Google added an experimental feature similar to Sound Notifications to the Pixel Buds. The Pixel Buds’ Attention Alerts can automatically lower the volume of the headphones when they detect the sounds of a baby crying, dog barking, or the siren of an emergency vehicle.