Google was asked 100 million times a month na na na na …

If a song is stuck in your head, don’t worry, Google has introduced a new feature during a streamed event a day before. This app/feature allows users to sing or whistle for 15 seconds to let this Tech giant identify the song. “Google was asked 100 million times a month to identify the song”, said Aparna, a leader at Google for more than a decade.

It was announced by the Google Blog “The Keyword” that “Hum to search” launched on both Google app for iOS and Android in English and more than 20 other languages.


How do they do that

Say “what song is this” to ask google and you just need to whistle to that annoying song stuck in your head or sing to the app for 10 to 15 seconds, thus it uses machine language techniques to try to identify it. You can tap on the newly added “Search a Song” button and then hum your favourite song which irritates you because you cannot recall the lyrics.


The Music-identify app is an A.I. expanded to the already Google App Pixel 2 which allows phones to identify music without an internet connection.

“Google says that the feature works by using machine learning models to transform the audio into a number-based sequence representing the song’s melody.”

Senior Product Manager Krishna Kumar said, “You don’t need perfect pitch to use this feature.”

My own experience

I have checked a few songs myself on its “Hum to search” and whistle to one of my favourite oldies Dheere Dheere Se Meri Zindagi mein aana, Dil Dil Pakistan” and “Sun Raha Hai na tu and after 10 seconds it shows two to three similar results what I was finding on my Oppo Android Phone… 

Many of us could find any English song by using this tool. But the real test of the Hum feature was to identify Hindi/Urdu songs with the right match…

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Sohail Yousuf

Sohail Yousuf is a content writer at SPF. He is a Master's in International Relations and loves to write.


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