- Google just launched its “buzz to search” feature, which allows users to hum, whistle or sing for 10-15 seconds to identify a song.
- The feature currently works in 20 languages and Google hopes to add more.
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Google has finally rolled out the perfect feature for when a song is stuck in your head but you don’t know any of the words.
“Hum to search” launched today on both the Google app for iOS and Android, according to Google’s blog, The Keyword. Users can also whistle or sing directly into the microphone to identify a song.
The technology works like this: The user can hum (whistle or sing) for 1
From there, the sequence can be used to “identify songs based on a variety of sources, including humans singing, whistling or humming, as well as studio recordings,” according to Google’s announcement. The sequence also eliminates any other external noise, such as accompanying instruments.
Google rolled out artificial intelligence for music identification in 2017 with its Pixel 2, which was a small-scale attempt by the company to allow phones to identify music, even without an internet connection. The following year, the company expanded the AI to the app, where users could ask the app what song it was playing.
Technology doesn’t expect the user to be a perfect singer – the results are based on the melody. Once the results are displayed, the user can choose the song that he thinks is best suited to his presentation.
The results also include accompanying music videos, song analysis, and even any available cover for the song. There is also a link to listen to the song on the major streaming services.
The technology also works in the Google Assistant app. The feature is currently available in 20 languages, and Google hopes to add more languages in the future.
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