We’ve all had those earworms where we hear a snippet of a song somewhere but we can’t for the life remember the name of it. You could search for the lyrics, but what if you don’t know the lyrics? What if you only remember the melody? The good news is that Google wants to make it easier for you to get rid of that earworm.
The company has announced an update to its Google Search app on mobile where you can tap on the microphone icon and say, “What’s this song?” followed by you humming the melody, after which Google will then attempt to search for the song for you based on the melody alone.
According to Google, this is achieved using machine learning algorithm. “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.”
At the moment, Google claims that the feature only works in English on iOS devices, but it will support more than 20 languages on Android, but there are plans to roll out support for more languages in the future. It is a pretty interesting feature, although we guess how well it works will vary, but you can try your luck with it if you’re interested.