I noticed this icon in Control Center on my Apple Watch recently and didn’t recognize it. It’s not listed on Apple’s support pages about Control Center (a b). UPDATE: This page now includes this icon.

Screenshot of Control Center on Apple Watch

(bottom left)

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I was able to determine the button’s purpose through VoiceOver, which reads this button as “announce messages”.

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    Well done. I was wrong that it controlled sound recognition, thanks for posting so I could learn from that mistake.
    – bmike
    Commented Sep 30, 2020 at 12:45

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