More than a billion people use Google search every day, according to the company. Despite working on the software for more than 20 years, there are 15% of queries every day that Google has never seen before.
To keep up with ever-changing queries, sources of information, and how to present results, Google needs to leverage AI power. Thus, the company has announced a set of updates that can make searching easier to use. The most notable of these is a new function „Hum to Search” which is available now.
You know how annoying it is when you have a song stuck in your mind, you hum it, but you don’t remember the exact lyrics and you can’t really find it? Well, Google has the solution now. The new feature is like Shazam or Soundhound to identify the song, except that there is no need to play music. You can hum, whistle, or play for 10 to 15 seconds from memory after touching the microphone icon on the search bar on your phone and saying “what’s this song” or “search a song.” You can also ask Google Assistant “what is this song?”
Then, the machine learning algorithm will identify potential matches, even if you do not use the right tone. The results will be delivered based on the song you hummed and you can choose the closest option.
Other features from Google come to your aid
Google has also announced a new spelling algorithm to correct any errors in your search strings, as well as the ability to index certain passages individual web pages. If you’re looking for how a room function works and the result is hidden in a 4,000-word review, Google will be able to find these answers better from now on.
The company has also distributed updates on Google Maps results – bringing a “live busyness” feature to millions of other places so you can find out how busy a restaurant is in real time. It also adds details about the health and safety precautions that businesses take during the pandemic, as well as the future opportunity to see more information about a company in the Live View AR environment.
The company has also used its technology to obtain up-to-date information about the opening hours and opening days of restaurants, in order to keep the correct information on Maps.