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Published on November 7th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Got an Android Phone with Google Assistant? Try This Cool Music Feature

If you have an Android phone running the latest version, here’s a trick that should work on many phones.

If you hear an unfamiliar song and want it identified, just say “Okay, Google. What song is this?” The answer should appear on your screen. If you have a PIxel 2 phone, better still. The device is always passively listening and therefore quick to respond to what music is playing in the environment.

Shazam has been done very well IDing songs for years–hey, how many apps have their own TV game show?–but for it to work, you need to open the app and get it to start listening. Google’s solution is completely about voice commands. Cool, no?

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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One Response to Got an Android Phone with Google Assistant? Try This Cool Music Feature

  1. Matt says:

    “The device is always passively listening”

    Ehhhh if it’s a choice between that and having to open an app, I think I’ll take the app.

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