Google has a new “hum to search” feature for those who can’t get a song or title out of their head.
Hum to Search on iPhone
A new feature has been added to Google’s search app today. ‘Hum to Search’ uses a machine learning algorithm to pick up the audio signals and identify the song’s title on the internet.
Users can tap the microphone icon in the widget or app to bring up the search function, and then either tap “Search a song” or say “what is this song?” for the song search option. Hum the melody and wait for the results to appear.
Singing or whistling is also allowed, while Google uses models to transform it into a number-based sequence to represent the melody before comparing it to existing songs.
Brumm to search in video
Google says that source models and audio recordings are what is needed to identify the numerical sequence, and thus users do not have to sing or hum perfectly for it to work.
At the moment, the functionality is only in English, but Google promises other language options in the future.