An update released by Google today (October 16) allows users to search for a song by simply singing, buzzing or playing the tune.
Announced at the Google Search event and effective today, users will now be able to search for a song without knowing the title or even the lyrics.
Users can access the Hum To Search feature by opening the Google Search app or using the Google Search Gadget. After tapping the microphone icon, you can ask “what’s this song?” Or click the “Search Song” button.
Also, if you use Google Assistant, users may ask, “Hey, Google, what’s this song?”
From there, users will have a 10-15 second window to hum, play or sing the melody of the song they are thinking of, and Google will deliver a variety of matches, starting with the highest match rate.
Watch an ad for the feature below:
“An easy way to explain it is that the melody of the song is like her fingerprint: Each of them has its own unique identity,” the Google blog post said.
“We’ve built machine learning models that can combine your buzzing, playing, or singing with the right fingerprint.”
“When you hum a tune in Search, our machine learning models transform the audio into a numerical sequence representing the song’s melody, the models are trained to identify songs based on a variety of sources, including people singing, playing or buzzing, and as studio recordings. “, The publication continues.
“Algorithms take away all other details, such as the accompanying instruments and the timbre and tone of voice. What we are left with is the sequence based on the song number, or the fingerprint. “
The feature is currently available for both iOS and Android, the latter providing the feature in over 20 different languages.