Google introduces new “hum to search” feature for songs stuck in your head

Headlines 19/10/2020

There's nothing more frustrating than when you've got a song stuck in your head but you can't for the life you remember what it's called or who it's by.

Thankfully, Google have come to the rescue with a game changing new feature on their app that is set to solve that age old problem of not knowing the song you're humming.

The platform gives straightforward instructions for getting that ear worm out:

On your mobile device, open the latest version of the Google app or find your Google Search widget, tap the mic icon and say “what’s this song?” or click the “Search a song” button. Then start humming for 10-15 seconds.

On Google Assistant, it’s just as simple. Say “Hey Google, what’s this song?” and then hum the tune. This feature is currently available in English on iOS, and in more than 20 languages on Android. And we hope to expand this to more languages in the future.

The new Google Search feature is powered the platform’s AI Research team’s music recognition technology.

Google also reassures users, “you don’t need perfect pitch to use this feature.” Between this and Spotify’s search by lyrics feature, no matter what song you can’t remember, technology has you covered.