Ever since updating my Nexus S to ICS, I've noticed that when using Navigation I sometimes hear a random "ding" when driving around.

Any idea what this means? I was thinking maybe it was a warning about the speed limit or something, but I haven't noticed any particular circumstances whenever it does it. Sometimes its multiple times per journey, other times not at all.

In the UK, Nexus S 4.0.3.

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It sounds like you might be getting the "ding" noise discussed on this Google groups post:

Thanks for the question. The alert chime you here indicates is a prompt for an upcoming driving maneuver. It plays in places where the Text-to-Speech engine is either unsupported or unavailable, but it also may play if the data connection becomes flaky during guidance and Navigation isn't able to process a road name in time.

  • Ok that kinda makes sense, the text-to-speech for Navigation has been buggy since I updated to ICS, it sometimes fluctuates between 2 different voices!
    – Dunhamzzz
    Jan 23, 2012 at 9:05
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    Also worth noticing from the same link: A single ding appears to be a warning for an upcoming section where you have to continue straight ahead. A ding-dong seems to indicate an upcoming turn.
    – Julian
    Jun 28, 2012 at 8:10
  • Anyway to change the ding noise? Or set it to None? I want to keep the voice but get rid of the annoying notification ding
    – dashesy
    May 24, 2018 at 4:27

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