Typical case of having a song in your head but not knowing the lyrics — Google comes to the rescue. The Google Assistant can now help you to find songs — just by humming the tune.
Google has trained its AI so that its assistant is now able to recognize songs by humming or whistling them — as the company announced in a blog post. The new ‘hum to search’ feature is currently available in English on iOS and in more than 20 languages on Android.
To do this, open the Google app on your smartphone or tablet and click on the small microphone icon. Now we just have to ask the Google Assistant, “what is this song?” or similar and then hum it, sing it (in our own way) or whistle it for about 10 to 15 seconds. Google Assistant will show us a list of possible results, ordered from highest to lowest probability of success. We will simply have to listen to the song to ascertain that it is that.
The search algorithm is trained to filter out all background noises and to concentrate solely on the melody. That melody is converted into a number-based sequence that Google says is as unique as a fingerprint. This enables the AI to assign a hum or whistle to a song produced in the studio.
Additional information about the songs is displayed, and there is the option of watching the associated music video or listening to the song directly on Spotify or other music apps.