Water running, sound detected nearby; Google will now alert you of 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.


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.

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