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Google Assistant can now identify songs playing near you

Global users of Google Assistant will soon be able to use the feature to identify background music, which began rolling out to Android devices in recent days.

Music fans keen to get the name of that catchy song playing in the background have a new tool to help them out.

Google has extended a facility launched with their flagship Pixel 2 smartphones that lets the firm's Assistant find out for you. 

Any device equipped with the smart voice activated aide will soon be able to take advantage of the feature, which is similar to the popular Shazam app.

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Music fans keen to get the name of that catchy song playing in the background have a new tool to help them out. Google has extended a facility launched with their flagship Pixel 2 smartphones that lets the firm's Assistant find out for you

HOW TO USE THE FEATURE 

To activate the feature, users first need to trigger the assistant by saying 'OK Google' or 'Hey Google'.

Once the assistant is active, you can ask 'what song is playing?' or 'what song is this?'.

Google Assistant will then display information about the song, the artist and its lyrics, as well as links to YouTube, Google Play Music and Spotify. 

If the active Assistant hears the song before you ask the question, it will bring up a button called 'What's this song' which you can press for more information. 

The update began rolling out to Android devices in recent days, although it does not yet appear to be available universally.

It is expected to continue to spread in the coming weeks, although Google has not given a specific time frame, according to reports from Android Police.

MailOnline has contacted Google for a comment. 

Google Assistant was initially unveiled last summer, and since that time it has been unable to identify songs, unlike its predecessor, Google voice search.

To activate the feature, users first need to trigger the assistant by saying 'OK Google' or 'Hey Google'.

Once the assistant is active, you can ask 'what song is playing?' or 'what song is this?'. 

Google Assistant will then display information about the song, the artist and its lyrics, as well as links to Google search results, YouTube, Google Play Music and Spotify.

If the active Assistant hears the song before you ask the question, it will bring up a button called 'What's this song' which you can press for more information.

If you are playing a song through your headphones or on another device with Spotify Connect, asking what song is playing will automatically pull up this information without having to listen out for the song that is playing. 

Google unveiled the second generation of its Pixel smartphones on October 4.

To activate the feature, users first need to trigger the assistant. Once active, you can ask questions like 'what song is playing?' . Google Assistant will then display information about the song, the artist, its lyrics, as well as links to YouTube, Google Play Music and Spotify

Google unveiled the second generation of its Pixel smartphones on October 4. The handsets are equipped with ‘always-on’ display which includes an in-built ability to pick up on songs playing in the background automatically

The devices come in two versions: the five-inch £629 ($649) Pixel 2 and the six-inch £799 ($849) Pixel 2 XL.

Google’s latest Pixel handsets are equipped with ‘always-on’ display, so you can check your notifications without tapping the power button to wake the screen.

This feature also includes an in-built ability to pick up on songs playing in the background automatically.

This song identification begins to work after roughly one minute and is currently limited to the most popular songs, although Google says its database will continue to grow.

This passive listening function will continue to be exclusively available to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

Alternatively, they can also make use of the function which is currently being rolled out to all Google Assistant enabled smartphones. 

GOOGLE'S PIXEL 2 SPECS

It has two LEDs in the camera flash and will feature front and rear cameras with optical image stabilisation

New camera will have portrait mode similar to Apple's - but Google says it has better AI algorithms for creating the effect

Portrait mode will also work on the front 'selfie' camera 

Will come with a free Google Home Mini speaker 

Has 'squeezable' sides like the HTC U11 that activate Google's assistant 

Google revealed a new homescreen Google has developed for Android phones

Google has ditched the headphone jack for the device, instead relying on wireless or USB-C headphones.

Will have google's Lens AI software 

Will run Google's new augmented reality software ARCore 

The smaller Pixel 2 will be available in Kinda Blue, Just Black, and Clearly White, and will be sold with 64GB and 128GB of storage and will be priced at $649 (£629) and $749 (£729), respectively

The larger LG-made Pixel 2 XL will come in a Black & White and Just Black and will be available with 64GB or 128GB storage.

The new phones have an 'always on display' that will display the time, notifications and even what song is playing

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