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An update to the search engine uses its machine learning algorithms to help identify potential song matches.

Google Search now lets people hum tune to identify song

Got a song stuck in your head? Alphabet's (GOOG) Google can help. Now through its search widget, users can just hum, whistle, or sing a melody, and the search engine will provide the name of the song and who sings it. To use the new Google features, users will need to have the Google app and tap the microphone icon. Simply say to Google, "what's this song?' or click the "search a song" button.

Users will need to hum, sing, or whistle the song for 10 to 15 seconds. Users can also use Google Assistant to find the song in a similar way. Just say, "Hey Google, what's this song?" And again, the user can sing, hum, or whistle the tune. Google said there is no need to worry about having a "perfect pitch" when humming or singing your tune as its machine learning algorithm can identify it. So, how does it work?

Google's Search uses a machine-learning algorithm that works to identify each song match. To identify the song, Google's Search transforms the melody into a number-based sequence. This algorithm compares the sequence to thousands of songs from around the world and identifies a match in real-time. To explain further, Google compared a song's melody to a fingerprint, saying that each tune has its own identity. The machine learning algorithm matches that unique melody to the right song or fingerprint.

When searched, Google will provide information about the song and artist, any music videos related to the song, the song itself, lyrics, analysis of the tune, and other recordings of the song when available. Google is offering the new feature in English on Apple's iOS and in 20 languages on Android. The company said it hopes to expand the language offering in the future. Shares of Alphabet were trading at $1,570.37 as of 9:56 a.m. EDT, up $11.24 or 0.72%. Photo: GETTY IMAGES / Ethan Miller Google Search users can now hum the tune of the song they are looking for into the search engine to find it. An update to the search engine uses its machine learning algorithms to help identify potential song matches. The technology giant revealed the new feature at a virtual event about updates to its search engine, which is the most used globally. For mobile users, the new tool can be deployed by tapping the microphone icon in the search bar and asking "what's this song?" before humming for 10 to 15 seconds. Those with the Google Assistant on their device are able to ask "Hey Google, what's this song?" and then hum the tune. The technology firm also announced updates for Google Maps, including an expansion of its live busyness indicator to "millions" of new places. More information about the health and safety precautions businesses are taking during the Covid-19 pandemic will also be provided. Google spoke about how advancements in its artificial intelligence programmes meant its search engine is getting better at understanding language, including the improved ability for Search to understand misspelt words. It said one in 10 queries every day include a spelling mistake and the latest update "makes a greater improvement to spelling than all of our improvements over the last five years". Google said on Friday it was introducing new features across its search engine, Maps and voice assistant to help voters in the United States find their nearest voting locations. Details on in-person voting or returning mail-in ballots can be found under searches with "early voting locations" or "ballot drop boxes near me," Google said in a blog post, adding the data was pulled from a joint project between state election officials and non-partisan, non-profit civic group Democracy Works. Google said its voice assistant would also share details on where to vote nearby, if prompted with the question, while Google Maps would provide directions and voting hours for the locations.