Now Playing is one of the Pixel’s best features. It uses the same technology as “Hey Google” hotword detection to recognize music around you without you needing to do anything. Since the Pixel 2, this feature has been Pixel exclusive, and no other phone manufacturer has released any competitor or alternative. But, developer Kieron Quinn managed to port Now Playing to any un-rooted Android 12+ phone using his app Ambient Music Mod.
Now Playing Stories June 30
Now Playing Stories October 6, 2021
Pixel phones on Android 12 are gaining the ability to enhance “Now Playing” song recognition with a one-tap cloud search feature.
Now Playing Stories October 4, 2021
The Pixel’s Now Playing feature is powered by Android System Intelligence (previously called Device Personal Services). An update for Pixel phones running Android 12 will introduce an interface redesign for Now Playing, as well as the ability to send unrecognized songs to the cloud.
Now Playing Stories November 4, 2019
One of the handiest features of Google Pixel phones is “Now Playing,” its ability to listen to music playing around you and identify songs without you needing to ask first. Now, it looks like Google is working on a way to export your Now Playing history.
Now Playing Stories March 25, 2019
With the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, Now Playing added a very useful history to view all your recognized songs and quickly take action on them. The latest version of Pixel Ambient Services in Android Q suggests that location history and the ability to leave feedback are the next major features.
Now Playing Stories November 5, 2018
Now Playing History from Pixel 3 rolling out to Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
Now Playing Stories September 14, 2018
With the Pixel 2, Google introduced a very impressive Now Playing feature that uses on-device neural networks to always recognize what’s playing in the background. Google is now improving Assistant’s and the Google app’s native Sound Search feature with the same underlying technology.