Last year, Google released a new update to the Google Fit app that turned Pixel phones into mobile heart and respiratory monitors. The features take advantage of your phone’s cameras, microphone, and accelerometer to measure your heart and respiratory rates. Now Google is reportedly working on two new features for Android phones to provide more information about your sleep quality.
but people 9to5google Google Health Studies has revealed a string of code within the app that suggests Google is testing snoring and cough detection features for Android. These features are part of the Google Health Sensing team’s ongoing Sleep Audio Collection study.
You must be a full-time Googler with an Android phone to participate in this study. The environmental conditions required for this study should not contain more than one adult sleeper in the same room that does not work for a competing company.
Google says the Health Sensingog team is developing advanced sensing capabilities and algorithms to provide Android users with deeper insights into their sleep activity.
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 insights into their sleep.” supports this mission by providing the necessary data to tune and develop.
“Cough and snoring monitor at night” will probably use your phone’s microphone to record incidents of snoring and coughing during your sleep. It’s worth noting that Google’s Nest Hub already provides these capabilities. The device uses Motion Sense (powered by Soli Radar) to track your sleep, measure your breathing, and analyze disturbing sounds like coughing or snoring. Fitbit also offers a similar feature called Sense and Detect Noise on the Sense and Versa 3.
It’s unclear whether the snoring and cough detection feature will work with the smartwatch (possibly the Pixel Watch) or independently. We also don’t know if this will be a Pixel exclusive feature or will be made available for other Android devices