Google announce new Google Lens features for Search, Shopping and Education

Ruben Fields
October 16, 2020

In 2018, it introduced the SoundSearch feature in the Google app and expanded the reach to a catalog of millions of songs.

On your mobile device, open the latest version of the Google app or find your Google Search widget, tap the mic icon and say "what's this song?" or click the "Search a song" button.

On Thursday, the company unveiled the "hum to search" feature, which is now available on the Google app and the Google voice assistant.

You ever casually hum a tune in your head while doing something, and then becoming conscious of it, try to remember the song - only to find, your brain has tricked you? Say "Hey Google, what's the song?" after which hum the tune. Then start humming for 10-15 seconds.

As an example, if you search for "home exercise equipment", Google Search can now understand relevant subtopics, such as budget equipment, premium picks, or small space ideas, and show a wider range of content for you on the search results page. Users can then explore more about the chosen track with accompanying features, such as listen to the song on various platforms, get more information on the song and artist, watch music videos, and even read lyrics and analyses. Once you hum to it, the machine studying will give you the "most likely options" matching to your hum.

Learning how to spell right with Google
Learning how to spell right with Google

According to Google, every song's melody is similar to a fingerprint in that it has its own unique pattern.

People can sing, hum or whistle a tune into the search engine.

The new function works by using algorithms that identify songs based on a variety of sources, which extends to humans singing, whistling and humming, as well as recordings.

The feature is now available for more than 20 languages on Android. These algorithms have the ability to strip away the instruments, timbre and tone of the voice and other details, which leaves the song's number-based sequence crucial to tracking down the song. "What we're left with is the song's number-based sequence, or the fingerprint", Kumar wrote.

Also Thursday, the internet company announced enhancements to the Google Lens and augmented-reality visual search tools for learning and shopping. But the company's feature works pretty fast, and is conveniently bundled with the Google Assistant, making it easy to access.

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