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Google has a new humming feature for your phone. Here's how it works


Ask Google to name that tune.

It happens all the time -- you get a song stuck in your head, try to hum it to friends and no one has a clue what you're talking about. You continue thinking about it until you finally hear a snatch of it again -- from a TV show, the radio or in a store. Now, Google has a new way to identify it for you. You can now hum, sing or whistle the tune into your phone.

The technology to match tones to a database of identified songs through singing, humming and whistling -- instead of from lyrics alone -- has existed for more than a decade, and was a staple in the music app SoundHound as far back as 2009.

To get started using Google's new feature, grab your phone and open the latest version of the Google app or Google Search widget. Then ...


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