Have you ever been in a situation where a certain song is stuck in your head and you can’t call up the name or the lyrics of the song no matter how hard you try it? It is really irritating, isn’t it? Well, Google is here to put you out of your misery. Google has introduced a “Hum to search” feature that will easily find the song you are stuck at.
As you all know, google’s Search On helps us to quench your thirst for information with the help of AI. On October 15, 2020, at Search On; Google announced that they can now help you figure out the song— with “no lyrics, artist name or perfect pitch required”. Introducing the “Hum to search” feature, the search giant claims to find your song if you just “hum, whistle, or sing a melody to” it. Interesting right?
This feature is currently available in English on iOS, and in more than 20 languages on Android. Google also aims to expand the variety of languages in which you can avail of the feature. You don’t also need a perfect pitch to use this feature. Google will show you the most likely options based on the tune you hum.
Let’s “Hum to search”
Google has a lot of surprising features to make our searching experience easier than ever. From the voice search to Google lens’s search what you see option, AI has stepped up the game for Google. With the”Hum to search” feature, Google has taken the search world to the next level. Let’s see how you can access your device’s “Hum to search” feature.
- Open the latest version of the Google app or find your Google Search widget on your mobile or device.
- Next, tap the mic icon and say “What’s this song?”
- Or, click the “Search a song” button.
- Start humming the song you are looking for (For about 10- 15 seconds).
And viola! google will immediately show you the result with matching results.
You can also try it with Google Assistant. To avail of the feature on Google Assistant,
- Activate or summon theGoogle Assistant.
- Say “Hey Google, what’s this song?”
- Hum the tune which is in your head.
It’s as simple as that.
How does it all work?
Google claims that when anyone hums a melody into Search, their machine learning models transform the audio into a number-based sequence representing the song’s melody. With their AI Research team’s music recognition technology, their trained models identify songs based on a variety of sources, including humans singing, whistling or humming, as well as studio recordings.
The algorithms also take away all the other details, like accompanying instruments and the voice’s timbre and tone. Now, Google goes to the last step, the song’s number-based sequence, or the fingerprint.
The search giant explains that a song’s melody is like its fingerprint which reflects its own unique identity. Google, hence, compares these sequences or fingerprints to thousands of songs from around the world and identifies potential matches in real-time.
Thus, it finally gives you the perfect result that matches your humming tone. Next time when you can remember the name of the song, simply “Hum to search” it.
Find out the best match for you and explore information on the song and artist, view any accompanying music videos or listen to the song on your favorite music app, find the lyrics, read analysis and even check out other recordings of the song when available. Go and hum now!