Every day we are bombarded by noise for our attention, from the sound of the dishwasher barking to a dog barking. If you have headphones or have a hearing loss, you may miss the critical sounds, such as a smoke alarm. Android̵7;s new audio notifications are trying to solve that problem.
Audio messaging is a new Android feature that works through push notifications. Using a series of algorithms, your Android phone can identify “critical sounds” including sirens, a child’s crying, a knock on the door, water running and smoke and fire alarms.
When your phone detects a critical noise, it will send a message to let you know what it heard. If you have a Wear OS watch, it can also send the message there.
However, just knowing that the dog is barking is not helpful without context, and to help with that, Google also developed a TimeLine view. When you receive a message, you can drag up the TimeLine view to see if anything else came before the event. That way, you can find out that someone knocked on the door and made the dog bark.
Audio Messaging extends Google’s Live Transcribe features, which can detect 30 audio events and provide real-time captions for a better picture of overall audio awareness.
Due to the constant battery discharge of running microphones, the Sound Notification function is switched off by default. You can access it now, but if you do not yet see it, you can try installing Live Transcribe and Sound Notifications from the Google Play Store.