Google Assistant Can Now Identify Songs Playing Around You

Looking back on how Google has been constantly working on its ‘AI’, this time it seems like the tech giant has really outdone itself. A bunch of Chinese researchers stated that Google’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) is much more smarter than Apple’s Siri.

The Google AI living in our smartphones, tablets, watches and other gadgets can create calendar events for us, send text messages, control our smart home devices, carry on contextually-aware conversations, and so much more.

The only thing that was missing was identifying songs, which thankfully, after keeping us waiting for a year, Google finally lets you do so. Google Assistant can now identify the songs playing around us.

This was discovered right after the big reveal of Google Pixel 2. And as you can expect, it works exactly as it used to with Google Voice Search.


This new feature is expected to work with every phone that has Google Assistant installed.

Every time you hear a song playing, you can simply just ask Google Assistant  “what song is this?” or “what song is playing?,” and the Assistant will pop up a card with the name of the song, the artist, lyrics, YouTube video, Google Play Music (of course), and Spotify streaming links.

Google’s AI can even detect the songs being played through our headphones and other devices with Spotify Connect.

Upon asking what song is being played, it will pull up the info for the title without listening first to whatever’s playing. If Google Assistant already hears a song playing after its prompted, you’ll be able to tap a button titled “What’s this song?” and it will do the rest.

This nifty little song identification feature on Pixel devices can compare tunes of more than 10,000 tracks. Pixel 2 users can also identify the songs locally. As for the others, you need to have the internet connected for the Assistant to do its task.

The feature is not available outside the US yet. However, a global roll-out should be expected soon.

Via Engadget

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