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You Can Now Hum to Search a Song on the Google App

Admit it, you've tried it before to no avail.
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The human mind is an incredible thing—until you need to remember a song you've nearly forgotten. Sometimes, it's easy business. You know, those times where you just need to search a bunch of lyrics. Then, there are times when all you can do is hum.

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If we're being fully honest, we've tried to search for songs by typing how a beat sounds phonetically. And, if you've been as desperate as we've been, then you would know that Google just doesn't respond to the search terms "mm mm mm mmm ooh" in the same way as it would with full-on words. (Understandably.)

Those days are finally over, however. Google has just announced that it can now help you figure out a song without the help of lyrics, artist names, or even perfect pitch. Yes, that's right. All you have to do now is pull up the Google app or Google Assistant, and hum a song for 10 to 15 seconds. Google's machine learning algorithm will then identify and list down potential song matches. Amazing, really.

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How does it work? Google explains it pretty clearly: "When you hum a melody into Search, our machine learning models transform the audio into a number-based sequence representing the song’s melody. Our models are trained to identify songs based on a variety of sources, including humans singing, whistling, or humming, as well as studio recordings."

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Watch the video below for a full look at the Google App's hum to search feature.

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Paolo Chua
Paolo Chua is the Associate Style Editor of Esquire Philippines.
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