Hum or Whistle to Search — Now in Google app

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Hum or Whistle to Search — Now in Google app

You hum, I guess!

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Music is the one language that is understood by everyone irrespective of the language it was initially spoken in or meant for. Google’s Hum to Search feature breaks even more barriers in bringing us closer to the music we like, enjoy, and want to have in our playlist.

There has always been that one song that has always bothered us. We used to hum it while on a train or while walking. We were not knowing the lyrics or the song’s name, but it was always at the edge of our mind, trying to jump out of our mouth. We were humming it and yet we couldn’t search for it. Now Google, with this new feature solves all such issues.

How to use it?

To use the feature, just ask Google “What’s the song” or click the “Search a song” button and then hum-out your earworm. 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. Google will 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 (just like you would any other song that you looked up in Google search).

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The new feature is available for both Android and iOS users. This feature is currently available in English on iOS, and in more than 20 languages on Android.

For the geeks — How does it work?

Google’s new feature will let you hum (or whistle, or sing) a song that’s stuck in your head, and then use machine learning techniques to try to identify it. The machine learning models transform the audio into a number-based sequence. The models are then trained to identify songs based on a variety of sources, including humans singing, whistling, or humming, as well as studio recordings. The algorithms also take away all the other details, like accompanying instruments and the voice’s timbre and tone. What we’re left with is the song’s number-based sequence or the fingerprint. The fingerprint then compares with thousands of songs from around the world and identifies the potential matches in real-time.


Well, most of the time we just end up remembering the humming of the song and not exactly the lyrics or song name. Hum to Search is a notable feature launched by Google.

So next time you can’t remember the name of some catchy song you heard on the radio or that classic jam your parents love, just start humming. You’ll have your answer in record time where you can just do la la la lala, lalal la lala, um hum hum hmm hmm and get the song name we were looking for.

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