Google Search has added several new AI-based tools to enhance the user experience, the company announced during its Search On virtual event on October 15. One of the features Google has introduced is the Hum to the Search feature. This feature will help users identify the songs stuck in their heads or as Google puts it, “solve your earworm” by just humming for 10-15 seconds.
In a fun new feature, Google Search now allows users to hum, sing, or whistle a tune to correctly identify a song. The ‘hum to search’ feature works similarly as the Shazam app that helps you identify songs playing around you.
To use the Hum to the Search feature, users have to open the latest version of the Google app or tap on the mic of Google Search and say “what’s this song?” or click the “Search a song” button. Alternatively, users can say “Hey Google, what’s this song?” and then hum for 10-15 seconds. This would enable Google to throw up suggestions of songs that resemble your tune.
Google will then show the most likely options available on the tune from which users can select the best match. The feature is currently available in English on iOS, and in more than 20 languages on Android. And we hope to expand this to more languages in the future.
“After you’re finished humming, our machine learning algorithm helps identify potential song matches. And don’t worry, you don’t need perfect pitch to use this feature,” Krishna Kumar, Senior Product Manager, Google Search wrote in a blog post.
After identifying a song users can explore information on the song and artist, view any accompanying music videos or listen to the song on your favourite music app, find the lyrics, read analysis and even check out other recordings of the song when available — Kumar said further.
The feature works like other song identifying apps, with no music, other than what users are humming required to play in the background. Google uses machine learning models to put the Hum to the Search feature in action. Google compares a song melody to a fingerprint, both of which have their unique identity.
If this sounds familiar, it’s because SoundHound has had this feature for years. However, Google’s system might be more accurate than SoundHound’s.