Animals

Google Introduces Animal Sound Toolbar

For all of those people who are baaaad at identifying creature calls

Animals
What does the cow say? — REUTERS
Apr 07, 2016 at 6:38 PM ET

It’s 11:30 p.m. and you’re sitting at the bar with a couple of your friends. You’ve all had a few too many, and so a classic pub debate ensues: What does a bowhead whale sound like?

In the pre-smart phone era, an inquiry like this would have been hilariously unsolvable. But now, Google—that argument-crushing website that provides the keys to the universe to everyone with a data plan or a Wi-Fi signal—provides animal noises on command, a one-stop, digital See n’ Say for beasts ranging from the aforementioned whale to a raccoon.

The service provides 19 noises: an ape, cat, lion, owl, pig, cow, duck, moose, elephant, horse, raccoon, bowhead whale, humpback whale, wolf, sheep, rooster, turkey, tiger and a zebra. (Conspicuously absent is the fox, though the world already knows what that animals says.)

Although Google (or should we say ‘Moo-gle?”) sort of unexpectedly dropped this array of animal sounds on the world, Mashable pointed out that Google Austria made an announcement about the feature last month.