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Google intros cough and snore detection feature with the Pixel 7 series

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Google is making it possible to track your sleep without wearing a smartwatch or health tracker. Along with the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro announcement, Google also presented a slew of software features exclusive to the duo. One of the interesting entries was Cough and Snore detection which taps the new Tensor G2 chip with improved machine learning.

TL;DR

  • Google introduces Cough and Snore Detection with Pixel 7.
  • The feature uses the device's microphones to monitor your sleep.
  • Users can see the data in Digital Wellbeing app.

The Cough and Snore Detection has a similar concept to the Sleep Sensing of Nest Hub 2 or Amazon's new Halo Rise sleep tracker. However, the feature entirely relies on microphones in the Pixel 7 (Pro) to record coughs and snores when you sleep instead of using low-energy ambient motion sensor.

The results are integrated within the daily bedtime summary of the Digital Wellbeing app. Users can know exactly the coughing times as well as the duration of snores in hours and minutes, which are laid out a separate timeline. Furthermore, the feature should be activated first and requires users to set the bedtime schedule on the app.

Google's Cough and Snore Detection on Pixel 7 Pro via Digital Wellbeing app
Google's Pixel 7 Pro comes with Cough and Snore Detection available on the Digital Wellbeing app / © Google / Twitter/u/Mishaal

It's unclear if Google will improve the app with automatic sleep detection. But that is something we're looking forward to, especially with the AI capabilities of Pixel devices getting smarter. Besides the standard wellness features, the Digital Wellbeing app also adds parental controls.

In terms of privacy, Google says that the process happens within the device and the data is not sent into the cloud or external servers. Google has not confirmed if the feature is entirely exclusive with the Pixel 7 series or any device that is equipped with Tensor G2.

What are your thoughts on smartphones having smart features to improve health and fitness tracking? Do you think they will become reliable as a smartwatch? Let us hear your answers.

Via: XDA Source: Twitter/u/Mishaal

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Jade Bryan

Jade Bryan

I still remember how amazed I was when I first got hold of the Nokia 3210 back when I was a kid, and it was during that time I developed my love for technology, particularly for mobile phones. I started sharing my knowledge through writing in different blogs and forums back in Nokia Nseries era. I even make videos before where I put different phones side-by-side. Today, I'm still an avid enthusiast of smartphones, but my interests have evolved into smart devices and electric vehicles.

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