Google has added a new feature that will allow users to search for a song by simply humming, whistling, or singing it.
Users will be able to use this feature by tapping the microphone icon in the latest version of the mobile Google app. Alternatively, they can also verbally ask to search a song or can simply hit the "Search a song button".
The Feature should be available in more than 20 languages, with the company confirming that they will be adding more in the future. The matching tech won't require the user to be a good singer or use instruments, instead, the algorithm will boil the song down to a numerical pattern, or what Google calls its "fingerprint." This is an evolution of their existing music recognition tech, which uses the passive "Now Playing" feature to listen for background music to provide a match.
It should be noted that Google isn't the first to offer this feature. SoundHound's Midomi also offers a singing search function, but the company lacks the resources and userbase of Google.