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Google improves music recognition on Android with Sound Search

Google has released an improved version of its music recognition software, making it better able to recognize songs on Android. In contrast to the previous version, the recognition of the music is done on Google’s servers.

On his blog, Google explains how the new functionality with the name Sound Search works exactly. It uses neural networks to make a piece of audio a ‘fingerprint’ that is then processed on Google’s servers, to finally link it to an existing music track.

The functionality is thus more or less the same as Now Playing, which Google released last year for Assistant on the Pixel 2 smartphone. This allows users to ask which song they are listening to with a voice command. However, this works entirely on the smartphone of the user, and therefore the possibilities were limited; there were only a few tens of thousands of numbers in the database.

According to Google, Sound Search has 1000 times more songs in its database, which can check it all because the processing takes place on Google’s servers; as a result, much more processing power is available than with Now Playing, which has to do with just the smartphone of the user. Sound Search would also work faster than Now Playing. The disadvantage is that an Internet connection is always necessary with Sound Search.

According to Google, there are still some improvements necessary, including better recognition of music played at low volume, or when there is a lot of background noise. Google also wants to optimize the software so that it works faster.


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Step 1:

Before you go trying to update your device, you should check which version of Android you are running. You might already be on the latest version. It's easy to check so follow this guide up to step four. This screen will have a section called 'Android version'. If it doesn't, click 'Software information' to find out.

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Step 2:

Scroll down the Settings menu and click on 'About Phone' or 'About Tablet'. If you have a tabbed settings menu then this will appear in the 'general' section.

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Refer to Android developer page to choose which version of Android your phone or tablet is running. I.e, 4.0.4 corresponds to Ice Cream Sandwich, an old version of Android that was released in 2013.

Step 3:

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