Google Pixel 2’s Now Playing tech now powers Sound Search in Google Assistant

With a Pixel 2, Google introduced a really considerable Now Playing underline that uses on-device neural networks to always commend what’s personification in a background. Google is now improving Assistant’s and a Google app’s local Sound Search underline with a same underlying technology.


Introduced “recently,” a new chronicle of Sound Search is faster and provides some-more accurate formula than before on any Android device. Found on a Google Search app as a widget and Assistant when seeking “Hey Google, what’s playing,” Sound Search works server-side with any dash of audio sent to a cloud for analysis.

In comparison, Now Playing is totally offline with convolutional neural networks used to spin a few seconds of audio into a singular “fingerprint.”

This fingerprint is afterwards compared opposite an on-device database holding tens of thousands of songs, that is frequently updated to supplement newly expelled marks and mislay those that are no longer popular.

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Bringing Now Playing’s fingerprinting record to Sound Search poses a plea of carrying to commend tens of millions of songs rather than thousands. As such, a fingerprinting record had to be scaled up, though opportunely using on a server removes on-device estimate and storage constraints.

Google was means to boost a initial relating proviso — where a algorithm finds good possibilities — by leveraging some-more neural networks.

In a second relating phase, a minute research of any claimant is achieved to find a scold one. For Sound Search, Google increasing a firmness of embeddings — or a projected illustration of a low-pitched fingerprint — from 1s to any .5s to urge a match. Google also worked to reduce a relating threshold of renouned songs so that some-more problematic tunes can be combined to a database but negligence down approval speed.

Moving forward, Google is operative to urge relating in really still and loud environments, while creation a complement faster.

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