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Your Android phone can now listen for suspect noises in your home

Your Android phone can now listen for suspect noises in your home”

Sound Notifications can be turned on in the latest version of Android by entering the Settings app and then opening the Accessibility menu.

This feature offered by Google is called "Sound Notifications" and can be used on all devices where the "Live Caption" application is located.

Sound Notifications will appear when sounds such as baby sounds, water running, smoke and fire alarms, appliances beeping, and door knocking are picked up by the phone's microphones. Alongside displaying the alerts, the feature can also flash the camera light or vibrate the device. The best part about this feature is that it works offline and the user does not require a static internet connection in order to take benefits of this feature.

This is one of the many features making their way to Android phones this fall, as Google has highlighted a few other improvements.

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Other devices support Sound Notifications as well, including Wear OS devices. If you have a Pixel phone then you need not do this.

First check if your Android phone is up to date.

Last year, Google introduced two new accessibility options - Sound Amplifier Live Transcribe, which turns speech into text in real time and will even alert you when your name is spoken aloud.

"Now you can do things like playing music, starting a run, posting on social media, ordering food, paying back a friend, hailing a ride-the list goes on and on-all with just your voice". For all those who may be a bit anxious about privacy, considering the microphone in your phone is always on the listening mode, you may feel a bit at ease with the fact that the processing for these sounds is done on the device itself, on the iPhone and Android phones. The earbuds can automatically reduce the volume of the earpiece when it detects certain attention alerts, baby crying, dog barking, or an emergency siren.



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