Just hum: your voice assistant also recognizes music tracks

There are times when a tune gets stuck in your head, the tune of a song you’ve heard somewhere but can’t remember the name. If humming it to friends doesn’t work, you can always try singing it on your phone – Apple or Android.

On Android phones, you can simply ask the Google Assistant “What song is this?” All you have to do is say “Hey Google” or trigger the assistant first, then press the song identification button.

It also works if you tap the microphone icon in the Google search bar, select “Search a song”, then just start humming, singing or even whistling.

Google smartphones from the Pixel 2 model can even be configured to constantly scan the environment for music. This means that any track playing near you will always show up on your lock screen. The function is called “Now Playing” and can be activated in the settings under “Sound & Vibration”.

On iPhones, you must first say “Hey Siri” or press and hold the side or home button to invoke the voice assistant. Then just ask, “What’s the name of the song?

If it doesn’t work on an iPhone, take a look in the settings under Control Center. If “Music Recognition” is not there yet, it can be added from the “Other Commands” list.

Although Apple uses technology from the popular recognition service Shazam, which it now also owns, you won’t need to install the Shazam app for music recognition to work. – dpa

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