Gemini on Android can’t identify songs, and it’s frustrating

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If it wasn’t clear before this, Google Gemini The chatbot was rushed out, it is now.

Gemini Image Builder since removed putting people of color in Nazi era uniforms. The chatbot’s comments also continue to tend toward the absurd, such as equating Hitler’s record with memes posted by Elon Musk.

On Android, Gemini also breaks Google Assistant performance song recognition. And to me, after Gemini’s obnoxious cultural insensitivity, that’s one of the most frustrating things.

Let me explain.

I primarily use Gemini on my aging Samsung Galaxy A53 5G, which isn’t exactly the fastest Android smartphone on the market. To make it more vivid, I replaced the default home screen with a minimalist alternative, Niagara Launcher, which is basically an alphabetical list of apps installed on my phone.

Niagara is awesome. But it’s limited in what it can do by design, which made me dependent on Google Assistant — now Gemini — for tasks like setting timers, launching apps, and more.

Song recognition, triggered by a command such as “OK Google, what’s the song?” ”, was a convenience provided by the Google Assistant that I often took advantage of. It has proven useful in nightclubs, restaurants and bars for identifying traces that I would have otherwise missed. There is no shortage of song recognition apps – Apple-owned Shazam to name one. But Google Assistant was among the best in terms of accuracy, at least in my experience.

So imagine my frustration when I discovered that Gemini on Android couldn’t recognize songs, or even perform the basic task of routing song identification requests to Google Assistant.

Ask Gemini, which replaces Google Assistant on Android, to identify a song and it will have the nerve to suggest using apps like Shazam – or invoking Google Assistant when coming back to it. For variety, it will occasionally suggest random songs from YouTube.

Failed to recognize songs from Google Gemini

Image credits: Google

I am fully aware that this is a first world problem. I could run song recognition from the Google Search app on Android. Or, if I was using a conventional home screen, I could place the dedicated shortcut for the song ID.

But the other aspect of Google Assistant’s song recognition that made it so appealing, at least to this writer, was the low barrier to use. Launching the feature didn’t require fiddling with an app or typing anything. One voice command later and it was up and running, making it fast – useful when you’re trying to quickly identify a song.

What makes the song recognition situation even more daunting is the fact that I pay for the Google One AI Premium plan, priced at $20 per month, which is supposed to allow me to access a more sophisticated and powerful Gemini experience. It may be sophisticated in other ways – ways I haven’t discovered yet, frankly. But faulty song recognition, along with missing basic features like the ability to play songs, create lists, and more, make Gemini a very poor replacement for Google Assistant on Android right now.

In full disclosure, I have contacted Google about song recognition through Gemini and will update this post if I hear back.

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