Android Listens to Everyday House Sounds

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Android Listens to Everyday House Sounds
Short Title Google Updates Android Smartphones to Listen to Houses for Suspect Sounds
Location Global
Date October 2020

Solove Harm Surveillance
Information Behavioral
Threat Actors Google

Affected Android users
High Risk Groups
Tangible Harms

Google rolled out an update for its Android system to listen to the houses everyday sounds in order to identify suspicious sounds.


Google has rolled out a new update to its Android platform that will send users notifications when their phone hears certain household sounds. Surveiallnce The feature comes as an accessibility update to its Live Transcribe function that automatically records and writes down audio or other speech the phone hears.

Live Transcribe is able to hear other sounds, including smoke alarms, fire alarms, sirens, babies crying, doorbells, barking dogs, running water, people knocking on doors, and more. Users are then alerted to the event via a notification, camera flash, or vibration.


Threat: Android phones listening to users households sounds
At-Risk group: Android users
Harm: Surveillance
Secondary Consequences: not known

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