Google is reportedly working on introducing snore and cough detection to Android devices. As 9to5Google spotted, lines of code in the installation file of the Google Health Studies app reveals that the tech giant is currently conducting a study called ‘Sleep Audio Collection’, which is only available for Google employees. The tech giant explains, “You must be a full-time Googler with an Android phone to participate in this study. Environmental conditions required for this study are that there is no more than one adult sleeper in the same room who is not working for a competing company.”
With this experiment, Google will collect the necessary data to validate, tune, and develop algorithms and an advanced suite of detection capabilities that can then be made available on Android.
These “cough and snore algorithms” appear as a sleep tracking feature to you, the end user, and monitor whether you cough or snore while you sleep. Google further explained that the feature will operate in a “privacy-preserving, on-device” manner, meaning the information collected will be processed securely and stored locally on your phone. According to Big G, these new features will provide users with “meaningful insights into their sleep.”
A snore detection feature has many benefits and will certainly give you more information about how you sleep. For example, it can tell you if and in which cycle you snore. It can help people who suffer from sleep apnea and other health problems to consider how changes in diet and sleep schedules affect their quality of rest.
Unfortunately, there’s no word on how and when Google plans to roll out the snore tracking feature or if it will be available on all Android devices or just the Pixel phones. It’s also possible for Big G to add this feature to its fitness tracking app, Google Fit.
Of course, there are apps like SnoreLab, SnoreClock, and Goodsomnia Lab that offer snoring detection that you can use right now.