Latest News: Forgotten that song? If you'll hum it, Google Assistant can now play it

Latest News: Forgotten that song? If you'll hum it, Google Assistant can now play it

Latest News: Forgotten that song? If you'll hum it, Google Assistant can now play it


Most of the time

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Ever wanted to concentrate on a song but not be ready to remember what it’s called? in fact, you've got, we all have, and now Google Assistant is making that an entire lot easier, as a recent update means you'll hum thereto.

Simply launch Google Assistant (or tap the mic icon on the Google Search widget) and ask “what’s this song?” then start humming. Hum for around 10-15 seconds and Google Assistant will then use machine learning to undertake and identify the song.

It will provide you with a variety of likely matches, so albeit you don’t hum it perfectly there’s an honest chance one among the choices is going to be right.

It really works

In our limited testing, it seems to figure well – it correctly identified Modern Love by David Bowie, Blue (Da Ba Dee) by Eiffel 65, and Happy Birthday. It did not recognize Losing My Religion by R.E.M., but which may say more about our humming than its abilities.

Google’s machine learning models are trained to spot whistling and singing too, so a method or another it's an honest chance of identifying a track. and therefore the humming feature isn’t limited to Android – it also works on iOS (though only in English, while the Android version supports quite 20 languages).

Though iOS users have an identical tool powered by Siri, allowing the assistant to acknowledge spoken or sung lyrics to songs, so this Google feature could perhaps be a response thereto.

This new feature is one among a flurry of announcements from Google. The tech giant also announced that it’s massively expanding the live busyness information feature of Google Maps – a tool that’s all the more important during a socially distanced world.

And it’s launching a replacement spelling algorithm that will improve its ability to know misspelled words in Search, also as bringing improvements to the shopping tools on Google Lens. except for those like us who can only remember around 20 song names, the humming feature is certainly the highlight.




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