Since all the way back in April, we’ve been hearing about Google finally adding a history timeline to the Now Play feature. This is the feature that recognizes songs in the background on Pixel devices. There was no native way to see a list of all the songs it had identified (several 3rd-party apps did the job). With the Pixel 3, however, Google finally added the feature. Now it’s rolling out to Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL devices as well.
The update appears to be rolling out via a server-side switch with Pixel Ambient Services. You can make sure you’re on the latest version by downloading the APK here. Now Playing History can be found in Settings > Sound > Now Playing > Now Playing History. On that screen, you will see a list of songs and the time when they were detected. Tapping the song will show you options for music apps to open. On the top of the page, there is also an option to put a shortcut to the Now Play History on your home screen.
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This is one of those features that we’re not sure why it took so long to add. It seems like a basic function for a service that listens to songs in the background. You may remember a song you heard earlier in the day and want to find out what it was. This makes it possible to go back in time and find those earworms. Lets us know if you see this showing up on your Pixel 2 device. Do you use the Now Playing feature?