You can already use the Google search engine to play Pac-Man, Translate people writing, and do a barrel roll. Now it looks like you can use it to tune your instruments as well. Android police were first to spot the new guitar tuning feature built into Google search, which allows users to access the tool simply by typing “google tuner” in the search bar.
This isn’t the first time the company has tried to help people with the tuning – in fact, Google Assistant offers similar functionality. since 2017. But seen how omnipresent Google search has become, and just how easy it is to search for a phrase, it will open the functionality to just about anyone with a browser on any device and a working microphone.
It’s also pretty fortuitous timing on Google’s part, considering how the guitar has become a popular pastime. during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a survey released earlier this week and co-authored by the folks at Fender, approximately 16 million people have used the instrument in the past year.
And although I’m not one of them, I made I take a tour of Google’s new tool, humming into my laptop microphone. And yes, it really is that simple: all you have to do is turn on your mic, and the search engine will usefully tell you whether you need to tune your instrument (or your voice) up or down. the bottom. So, hey, this might be useful for vocal warm-ups too!
Of course, the effectiveness of this tool for you depends on the microphone you use. Android police have reported using certain devices such as the Galaxy z fold 3 that wouldn’t pick up sounds unless they were loud and played directly into the phone. Personally, on my own device (a MacBook Air), I have found that I was able to squeeze good mileage out of the tool even when sitting a good foot away from the mic. Either way, it’s a nifty tool that’s sure to make people a bit easier to worry about.