Now Playing - New for Pixel 2: Always know what song is on
I want to share a little more about one of our new features this year - Now Playing.
Now Playing automatically recognizes the music playing around you and tells you what it is on your Always-On Display. Have you ever wondered what that cool song in the cafe is? Or about that amazing song in a movie that doesn’t have any lyrics? Now your Pixel 2 can tell you.
You can turn this feature on under Settings > Sound > Advanced > Now Playing.
The feature works in two stages: first, it detects music; second, it recognizes the song. This all happens entirely on your Pixel 2 without any information being sent to Google. You’ll find that the feature still works even when your phone is in airplane mode.
Music detection works just like “Ok, Google.” Your Pixel 2 is able to pick up the distinct audio signature of music, and it’s able to do this continuously at low power. When music is detected, your Pixel 2 starts song recognition. It takes a few seconds of audio, flattens it into a fingerprint, and then matches it to a database of tens of thousands of song fingerprints on your phone. Your phone’s database is updated weekly so that it always has the newest and most popular songs (though you’ll find it’s got a lot of great oldies, too.)
When a match is found, it appears on your Always-On Display, and you can double tap it to ask the Google Assistant for more information. You can learn more about the song and artist, watch the video on YouTube, or open the song in Google Play Music or Spotify to save it for later. When you double tap, only the song name and artist are sent with your request. No audio is ever uploaded for Now Playing.
Of course, Now Playing can’t recognize every song ever recorded. And you’ll find it sometimes waits a while to refresh when a new song starts. These are trade-offs we’ve made to help you discover new songs while also keeping the database compact and power consumption at a minimum. If you’re ever in a bind and need to know the name of a song right away, you can always ask your Assistant “what’s this song?” It will immediately collect a snippet of audio to match against Google’s full database of tens of millions of songs.
So that’s Now Playing. We hope it helps you discover new music that you might otherwise have missed. We’d love to hear your thoughts: what can we do to help you get more out of the feature?
Product Manager, Now Playing
It's not limited to top 40 hits.
Your phone’s database is updated weekly so that it always has the newest and most popular songs (though you’ll find it’s got a lot of great oldies, too.)
Is there a way to control this? Does it only do it over WiFi so it doesn't use my data?
This all happens entirely on your Pixel 2 without any information being sent to Google. You’ll find that the feature still works even when your phone is in airplane mode.
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