Google has added a new feature that lets you know which song is stuck in your head by humming, playing or singing – a much more useful version of the type of audio matching feature that it and competitors like Apple’s Shazam have offered. early. Starting today, users will be able to open the latest version of the Google mobile app or Google search app, then tap the microphone icon and verbally ask to search for a song or press the “Search for song” button and start playing sounds .
The feature should be available to anyone who uses Google in English on iOS or in more than 20 languages already on Android, and the company says it will expand this group of users to more languages on both platforms in the future. Not surprisingly, it is powered behind the scenes by machine learning algorithms developed by the company.
Google says that this technology will not require you to be a Broadway star or even a member of a choir ̵
Google explains in a blog post announcing the feature that it is able to do this because it basically ignores the fluff, which is your voice quality, all the accompanying tools, tone and other details. The algorithm actually boils the song to its essence and invents a digital model that represents its essence or what Google calls its “fingerprint”.
This is an evolution of the way Google’s existing music recognition technology works, which is present in the passive “Now Playing” feature offered on its Pixel smartphones. This feature will listen passively in the background for music and will provide a match when it finds one in its offline database (everything is done locally). The same technology works in the SoundSearch feature, which Google later introduced through its app.
Google isn’t the first to do this – SoundHound’s Midomi offers matching music by singing or humming. But Google is obviously much more widely used, so it will be interesting to see if it can achieve better levels of traffic and overall usage.