Google has launched a new ‘hum to search’ feature to its search tools that will be useful to many users. The new ‘hum to search’ feature will let you search for a song just by humming a song for about 10 – 15 seconds and then uses machine learning techniques to identify it. The feature will not require you to type in a name, song title or singer to conduct the song. It performs the search based on the tune you hum (or whistle, or melody).
How do I use ‘hum to search’ Feature?
The new feature is available to both Android and iOS users worldwide. To use this feature, you will need the latest version of the Google app. Tap the mic and say “What’s this song?” or “search a song” and start humming for at least 10 or 15 seconds. On Google Assistant, You’ll just need to say “Hey Google, what’s this song?” and then hum the tune. Google will utilize its machine learning technology to match your hum, whistle or singing and then show you results based on how likely a match it thinks it is, after which you’ll be able to tap results to listen to it.
Google says the feature works by using its Machine learning models that transform the audio into a number-based sequence representing the song’s melody. The models are trained to identify songs based on a variety of sources such as human singing, whistling or humming, as well as studio recordings. These are then compared to thousands of songs from around the world and identify potential matches in real-time which gives you possible matches of the song that you need.
The new feature is available today in English on iOS and in more than 20 languages on Android, with plans to add more in the future.