'OK Google, what's this song?' to come on Google Assistant app soon

It seems that Google Assistant app would finally be able to find song names when you ask it “OK Google, what’s this song?”. The service would not be provided with the help of a third party app but would be integrated into the Assistant app itself.

Google assistant app to roll out in European iOS devices. Reuters.

Google assistant app to roll out in European iOS devices. Reuters.

Initially, the service used to be provided with assistance from third party apps like SoundHound or Shazam. For those with the Google app, pressing the mic button on the app's search bar can help in detecting the music. According to a report by Android Police, the a new update will soon allow any smartphone with Google Assistant find the name of song.

The update comes built into the new Google Pixel 2 smartphones. When the user speaks to the assistant “OK Google, what’s this song?” the user can see a listening bar at the bottom. Once detected, details about the song is shared; followed by a list of services through which the song can be heard.

Android Police claims that it was able to confirm that feature is not Pixel exclusive and that it would be coming to other (non-Google) smartphones as well. Currently, no details are available of the rollout in countries other than the US.

The Google assistant was released last yearand the app was made available this year. Launched at last year's Pixel launch, the assistant now comes with an app which  is available on Google Play Store. So the user has to no longer, long press the home button. However, this works only on Android Oreo, Nougat, and Marshmallow.

The feature will allow Google to push out software updates faster to Google Assistant, over updating the entire OS itself or relying too much on the server side releases.

In other news, Bose' wireless headphone QC 35 II comes with an inbuilt Google Assistant with a dedicated button.

Updated Date: Oct 07, 2017 12:02 PM