Google Search will help you identify that song stuck in your head

Joanna Estrada
October 16, 2020

When the pandemic began, Google expanded its use of Duplex for business updates to eight countries, and has since made over 3 million updates to business listings - including pharmacies, restaurants and grocery stores.

During the event, Google announced new search features that allow users to index videos and quickly find the best place to start a video - for example, when a baker is adding sugar to cookies in a cooking video.

Hum the tune for 10-15 seconds.

While not completely foolproof, the machine learning algorithm is said to list out potential song matches with the most likely options. You need not type the song name or artist in Google, instead you can just hum, whistle or sing a melody to Google to find the song. PCMag tested out the new search capability, and Google was able to accurately identify our humming and whistling for songs including Michael Jackson's "Billy Jean" and Charlie Puth's "We Don't Talk Anymore".

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". "The algorithms also take away all the other details, like accompanying instruments and the voice's timbre and tone. What we're left with is the song's number-based sequence, or the fingerprint".

Also Thursday, the internet company announced enhancements to the Google Lens and augmented-reality visual search tools for learning and shopping. Google has also rolled it out for English language users on iOS.

To use the feature, users of the Google app (or Google Search widget) on a mobile device can tap the mic icon and say "What's this song?" or click the "Search a song" button.

"On Google Assistant, it's just as simple".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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