Google Now Lets You Hum to Find Songs

  • Google Now Lets You Hum to Find Songs

Google Now Lets You Hum to Find Songs

Merely the gist of the melody can help the search engine figure out the name, artist, album and accompanying music videos to the song stuck in your head. While there are a lot of services to help you find songs that are playing in the background, only a few of them such as SoundHound support the possibility of recognizing tracks just by humming or whistling them out loud. Now, you'll be able to directly see how busy a specific location is without having to search for it. Google announced that the busyness information will surface directly on directions and on the map. Google's also continuing to work on subtopic results to deliver information around your search that might be tangentially relevant, too. On the shopping side, if you are browsing products online, Lens can find the exact or similar items and suggest ways to style it. Lens can now recognize 15 billion objects, according to Google (up from 1 billion two years ago). You can also tap on the "Search a song" button that appears on this screen.

Providing an explanation for what goes on behind the innovation, Krishna Kumar, Senior Project Manager at Google Search said, "An easy way to explain it is that a song's melody is like its fingerprint: They each have their own unique identity". After the Listening page appears, you can start humming to identify the song.

While not completely foolproof, the machine learning algorithm is said to list out potential song matches with the most likely options.

Whether you're a shower singing-superstar or completely tone deaf, humming, whistling or singing a melody into the Google App on your mobile phone will now allow you to figure out "what's this song". After you're done, Google will present you actual songs based on a percentage match score which it thinks comes closest to your performance.

In my experience, the "Hum to Search" feature was able to detect all the songs that I hummed. If you're interested, you can try out the feature in English on iOS.

The company also shared updates around Google Maps results - it's bringing a "live busyness" feature to millions more places so you can tell how packed a restaurant is in real time.