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Google introduces song matching via humming whistling or singing		
		
	Darrell Etherington

			@etherington	 
		8 hours

We've all had that happen to us: there's a melody stuck in our head but no matter how hard we try, we can't connect it to the actual song it's coming from.

From the search bar in the Google app on Android and iOS, you can use Lens to get help on a homework problem.

Google is helping users figure out songs with no lyrics, musician names or flawless pitch required, allowing them to simply hum into the search engine from today.

Google Search can now find the name of a song simply by listening to you hum or whistle the tune. The way Google matches your input to the songs won't surprise anyone, it uses AI and machine learning.

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".

Others have speculated as to which songs the algorithm won't be able to identify, rapping tracks like Eminem's "Rap God" - known for its extremely fast-paced monotonous tempo and large amount of lyrics - into the platform. Users can then select the best match and explore information on the song and artist, view any accompanying music videos or listen to the song on a music app, find the lyrics, read analysis or even check out other recordings of the song if they're available. Google's also continuing to work on subtopic results to deliver information around your search that might be tangentially relevant, too. The company is hard at work to expand the features to more places, including outdoor areas like beaches and parks and essential places like grocery stores, gas stations, laundromats, and pharmacies.

Google recently made a breakthrough in ranking and is now able to not just index web pages but individual passages from the pages.

The feature is just one of many machine-learning updates announced by the company this week, now available in 20 languages.

Tap the mic icon and say "What's this song?" or click the "Search a song" button.

Google Maps will also show the locations and provide directions for users. The company says that 1 in 10 search queries are misspelt.

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