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Android phones to track coughs and snores soon; New feature from Google

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Google has been working on many new updates for Pixel phones, which should eventually roll out to other Android phones. One of these new spotted updates is the smartphone’s ability to detect coughing and snoring. On-device detection of snoring and coughing may be coming to Pixel phones first.

Android phones to track coughs and snores soon

Android phones to detect coughing, snoring

A report from 9To5 Google reveals an APK teardown of the Google Health Studies app. Google has been found to be working on an in-device cough and snore detection feature for Android and Pixel phones. “The Health Sensing team is actively working to bring an advanced suite of sensing capabilities and algorithms to Android devices with the goal of providing users with meaningful insight into their sleep,” Google notes.

“Channels in this update reveal a ‘Sleep Audio Collection’ study that is only available to Google employees,” the report said. This means that the “Sleep Audio Collection” study is currently available to study participants, who must have an Android phone and be a full-time Google employee.

The study also has a few environmental conditions, including having an adult sleeper in the same room who doesn’t work for a competing company. At first glance, Google is working on an advanced detection capability for future Android devices. This would provide better insight into the user’s sleep pattern.

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The cough and snore sensors also raise some privacy concerns. Similarly, Google says supported Android and Pixel phones would include bedside monitoring features to maintain privacy. This means that the data would be collected, saved and processed on the user’s phone and would not be transmitted to Google Cloud.

Currently, the new sensor for detecting coughing and snoring is under development. It’s unclear if the new feature would only come to Pixel phones or also to Google-made Android phones. As far as we know, the new cough and snore sensors are reportedly coming to Google Pixel devices first before a wider rollout.

Currently, many health-centric features have been released for the first time on Google Pixel phones. For example, the heart rate and breath rate detection features launched on Pixel phones before coming to supported Android devices.

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Article first published: Saturday, May 28, 2022, 3:12 p.m. [IST]