Shazam has got itself a new rival. Soon android users will be able to identify songs that are playing in the background thanks to Google Assistant’s music recognition software. The feature, released by tech giant Google, is currently on the Pixel phones. Other Android devices will soon receive the feature through an update.
To use this feature you need to first hold down the home button and activate the Google Assistant. You can then ask “What song is this?” the assistant then listens to the song and quickly provides details on it such as the name of the song and artist, release date and Genre. It even provides users an option to find the track on YouTube, Google Play Music, or to simply perform a search.
According to Tech Source, the feature is currently live only on select devices, including the original Pixel phone. However, it hasn’t appeared everywhere except in countries like the United Kingdom, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines.
Google had added the same functionality into its voice-based Google Now, which has been replaced by the Google Assistant. Presently, whoever hasn’t got the opportunity to try the music recognition feature on an Android device, could attempt the same via third-party apps such as Shazam or SoundHound.
The music recognition feature for the Google Assistant is a much awaited one as assistants such as Siri and Cortana come with that feature built in.