02 November 2018
Shazam is undoubtedly the best third-party song-recognition app that you can use. It has a huge database of songs and when you add a fast identification process to that, the app becomes a blessing for the anyone who comes across a track they can't remember or they don't know. It had only one major issue which was the inability to recognize songs playing through headphones but that has now been fixed, at least on Android.
Shazam for Android has been updated with a new feature called Pop-up Shazam. It adds a pop-up bubble to the phone which can be dragged anywhere around the display and can be used even when using some other app. This is similar to how Facebook Messenger's Chat Bubbles work. Once you tap the pop-up bubble, Shazam starts the song identification process and shows you the name of the song and artist/band. It also shows lyrics for the currently playing song which is a nifty bonus to the app.
The pop-up bubble can be used within as well as outside the app you are playing tack on. The whole process of using the bubble remains the same regardless of the situation. Once the song has been recognized, you can also tap on the info which will open the Shazam app to show detailed information including an option to buy the track.
The Pop-up Shazam feature can come handy in a number of situations like when you come across a song in an Instagram video or a track which playing in a YouTube video. In such situations, you will not have to look for workarounds like unplugging headphones and playing the song via speaker or taking one the earbuds closer to the microphone. The new update makes identifying songs playing via headphones as easy as one tap.
It should be noted that even though Shazam is now an Apple-owned app, the new feature is currently available only on Android. This is likely to be because of the sandboxing approach that Apple follows on iOS. This makes it impossible for apps to communicate with each other, especially when one is running in the background.
- Shazam | Android | Google Play Store, Free