A recent teardown of the Android System Intelligence APK (version S.6) revealed that Google was working on some significant improvements for the Now Playing feature on Pixel devices. Strings spotted in the teardown revealed that it was getting a major UI redesign and a “Now Playing Search” feature to help users send Google a clip of songs it couldn’t recognize. While the UI revamp is yet to make an appearance on Pixel devices, recent reports suggest that Google has started rolling out the search feature on Pixel phones running an Android 12 beta release.
According to 9to5Google, the new feature comes with the latest Android System Intelligence update and adds a new “Show search button on lock screen” toggle in the Now Playing settings. Its description states: “Identify songs playing nearby that aren’t recognized by your device.”
Enabling the feature brings up a pop-up that reads: “If a song isn’t identified using on-device recognition, you can tap the se…