Homescreen widgets have seen a new resurgence in the past year with Android 12+, and Shazam has just revamped theirs to be more than just a shortcut that opens the app.
Shazam Stories November 22
Shazam Stories January 10
Apple-owned Shazam has just released a Chrome Extension that works to identify what’s playing in your “Netflix or YouTube video, that Soundcloud mix or in a Twitch streamed video game,” but it doesn’t work for all users just yet.
Shazam Stories October 19, 2020
Shazam for Android adds persistent notification for quick music identification
Ahead of an upcoming Control Center integration in iOS 14.2, Shazam for Android is getting a persistent notification to initiate music identification from anywhere on your phone or tablet.
Shazam Stories September 28, 2020
Shazam for Android adds ability to listen to identified tracks in YouTube Music
Song identification stalwart Shazam has long been an essential for music discovery and sometimes just remembering that annoying earworm that you can’t quite pinpoint. For Shazam users though, it’s probably great to hear that you can now listen to identified tracks in YouTube Music.
Shazam Stories July 13, 2020
Shazam Stories February 27, 2020
Shazam adds Apple Music integration to its Android app
Apple Music might not be the first thing you’d think of for Android users, but as the service grows in popularity many have been converting. Apple has also had a solid track record of updating its Android app with new features. Now, Shazam for Android is adding Apple Music integration.
Shazam Stories June 11, 2019
Shazam on Android can now identify tracks playing through headphones
While Pixel owners have the neat ‘Now Playing’ feature baked into their devices, the biggest and arguably best music identifying tool for most Android users is still Shazam.
Shazam Stories October 11, 2017
How to replicate the Pixel 2’s ‘Now Playing’ feature on any Android smartphone w/ Shazam
With the launch of the Pixel 2, Google is introducing a new always-listening feature called “Now Playing” that continually listens for and identifies music playing nearby. The best part about it is that the song’s title and artist information automatically show up on your lockscreen. As we don’t know if this feature will ever come to any other Android devices, there is a way to use an app to replicate most of these always-listening music recognition features…
Shazam Stories May 17, 2017
Shazam Stories October 6, 2016
Shazam Lite is a stripped-down 1MB music tagging app, available only in select countries
Following in the footsteps of Facebook Messenger, Shazam is releasing a ‘Lite’ version of its popular music identification app. The under-1MB app includes just the bare essentials and is optimized for 2G networks. Unfortunately, it’s only available in select countries on the Play Store, and sideloading the APK also doesn’t work.
Shazam Stories June 28, 2016
If you’ve ever Googled for song lyrics, you know what a messy experience it can be – half the sites proving to be just links to other sites, others looking really sketchy. For those in the US, though, things should be much simpler. Google has licensed lyrics from LyricFind, which in turn licenses them from labels, so that a search for a song title with ‘lyrics’ on the end should generate an immediate link.
Of course, Google is arriving rather late to the party …
Shazam Stories March 18, 2016
Shazam gains deeper integration with Google Play Music, offering 3-month Play trial for $1
Shazam Stories August 28, 2015
Twitter introduces Music on Vine: Better audio controls and music discovery on Vine app
Last night, Vine announced that it’s bringing greater music controls to its popular video-looping app on Android. While users have always had the ability to include audio of any kind in their Vines, this new update makes it far more precise. The biggest update is a feature called ‘Snap to Beat’ which enables users to more easily create a seamless loop, or perfect loop where you can’t tell the beginning of the audio from the end.
To get Snap to Beat working for you, choose a song by tapping on the music note in the ‘Details’ screen. Snap to Beat automatically identifies how much of the song to use to make a seamless loop, then trims the video to fit that music clip. If you don’t want it happening auto-magically, you can switch off Snap to Beat and edit the audio manually yourself. This gives the user complete control over how much sound to include in the Vine, and which part of the video it should play over.
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As a part of Vine’s new-found focus on music, there’s also a new audio discovery tool within the app. First up is a new ‘Featured Tracks’ section which you can explore when you create a new Vine and tap on the music note to add a song. What’s more, you can use Vine to detect what you’re listening to while watching other Vines. If a musical note icon appears beneath a Vine, tap on it, and it’ll show you the name of the track, and the name of the artist performing.
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The Music on Vine updates will be rolling out to Android from today and will be available to download from the Play Store for free.
Shazam Stories June 30, 2015
Updated Android app lets you see the music your favorite artists are Shazamming (Video)
If you’ve been following your favorite artists on Shazam, you can now find out what music they are checking out using the service. An update to the Android app due to roll out today lets you see which tracks they are identifying via Shazam.
Shazam says that the feature is available for hundreds of artists, including Alicia Keys, Coldplay, Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull, Shakira, Adam Lambert, Fifth Harmony, Clean Bandit, Maroon 5, Nick Jonas and Jason Derulo.
Don’t expect to catch any of them Shazamming anything terminally uncool, however: artists have the option of keeping individual searches private. The updated app hadn’t yet gone live at the time of writing, but check for it on the Play store later in the day.
Shazam finally made it to Android Wear last month.
Shazam Stories May 21, 2015
Shazam has finally made its way to Android Wear
Following the launch of Shazam for Apple Watch just last month, the long-time well-known music recognition app has finally made its way to Android Wear. With the app, you can recognize songs without ever taking your phone out of your pocket, see the list of songs you’ve tagged in My Shazam in the Android app, and watch the lyrics for the song that’s playing right on your Android Wear device.
High five, Shazam is now on Android Wear!
- Keep your phone in your pocket – see what’s playing with 2 taps
- Songs are added to My Shazam, and to your My Shazam Tracks playlist for connected Rdio or Spotify users
- Watch lyrics unfold in real time, right on your wrist
You can grab the app right now by downloading the latest version of the Shazam app for Android, and the Android Wear counterpart on your watch should appear soon after. We’ve tried it out and it doesn’t look like the update has rolled out quite yet, but it will likely pop up very soon.
Shazam Stories December 10, 2014
Shazam for Android updated w/ redesigned home screen, all-new ‘Play All’ button & more
Shazam for Android received a major update on Wednesday with a redesigned home screen and music player for more conveniently keeping up to date with the latest artists you have identified, finding out what songs friends are listening to and accessing the latest Shazam charts. A brand new Shazam.com was also launched with a Hall of Fame for artists and other new features.
Shazam Stories September 15, 2014
Shazam app adds Google Play Music streaming & purchasing options
Popular song recognition app Shazam announced today that it’s integrating Google Play Music, allowing users to preview, purchase or stream the song on from Google Play Music or Google’s All Access streaming service in one tap.
Google Play Music joins the other options Shazam offers users for purchasing and or listening including Rdio, Beats Music, and Spotify.
The feature is available first to users in the Shazam app for Android and later the iOS version of the app.
Shazam Stories June 24, 2014
Getting your Google Glass app into Google’s official app directory is not an easy task, but Google recently introduced six new applications — and this time, there are some bigger names thrown in the mix. Those added recently include Shazam, Goal.com, musiXmatch, Star Chart, The Guardian, and Zombies, Run! and you can get them now on your Glass device.
Shazam Stories November 12, 2013
In its Explorer Story: Young Guru [through Google Glass], Google shows a lot of new features of the Google Glass upgrade and expected upgrades including the hardware addition of the stereo headphones.
We discussed Google Music hidden in the XE11 update yesterday but we’re seeing the Shazam type of song recognition, and some nice translation work as well.
Can’t wait! via