Xiaomi is currently not only one of the largest China-based smartphone manufacturers, but also one of the most interesting ones. This company will introduce their long-awaited Mi 5 flagship on February 24th, both in Beijing and in Barcelona during the Mobile World Congress (MWC). We've talked about that phone quite a few times now, and are here to talk about something else Xiaomi-related that popped up recently, and is rather interesting, read on.
This China-based company has actually signed a global deal with a Beijing-based company called ACRCloud. Why is this so interesting? Well, ACRCloud actually provides Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) technology, and this tech will be integrated in Xiaomi's smartphones. To be more specific, the music / humming recognition technology will come pre-installed on Xiaomi's Android-powered MIUI OS, let me explain. There are a couple of really popular music recognition services / apps out there, like Sound Hound and Shazam, for example. These apps are capable of recognizing a song that is playing after you activate them, while Sound Hound can also recognize your humming. Well, Xiaomi's devices will also be able to recognize your humming.
Xiaomi has actually rolled out this feature to a couple of thousand beta testers recently, and it will roll out to everyone in March, it seems. This tech is integrated in MIUI's Mi Music app, and it is also capable of recognizing the songs that are playing, of course. This is not exactly all that new, Sound Hound had this feature for a while, but it is interesting to see it will come built into MIUI, that is certainly useful. "ACRCloud provides an excellent music humming recognition solution for Mi Music. ACRCloud's state of the art audio recognition technologies tremendously simplify the music searching process in Mi Music and noticeably improve the user experiences," said Li Shen, the Product Manager of Mi Music. That is pretty much it. It is important to remember that this feature is available only if you have MIUI installed on your Xiaomi device, it won't be available if you've flashed something else on it. This is kind of understandable, but worth mentioning nonetheless. If this beta test goes according to plan, Xiaomi will roll out the service to everyone next month, stay tuned.