Google has revealed an amusing new way to use its search function for finding songs – you just have to hum the melody.
The search giant launched the feature last week as a way for people to hunt down songs they don’t know the name of.
You can hum, whistle or sing the song through the company’s search app and it’ll identify it. If you have an Android phone, you can also use the Google Assistant to do the same thing.
Metro tried it ourselves and, even though we were off-key, Google still picked it up.
‘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,’ Google explained.
‘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 search giant continued: ‘After you’re finished humming, our machine learning algorithm helps identify potential song matches. And don’t worry, you don’t need perfect pitch to use this feature. We’ll show you the most likely options based on the tune.
‘Then you can select the best match 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.’