Friday, 01 May 2015 10:07

Tell Shazam what to do

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Android users can now literally tell Shazam to recognise the music that's playing.

Shazam, recently valued at US$1 billion, has a new trick - at least on Android devices.

Thanks to a deal between Shazam and Google, Android's voice actions now support the Shazam app.

"Shazam" is recognised as a command, and can be followed by "recognise" or "name" a "song," "track" or "tune" to launch the app and identify whatever's playing. This mirrors similar functionality provided by iOS's Siri last year.

"At Shazam, we're aiming to make it as easy as possible to connect with the world around you," said Shazam chief product officer Daniel Danker.

"The only thing easier than tapping a button is not having to tap a button at all. Using Shazam with Google voice actions changes the game by making this process literally hands free, so people can identify and enjoy great music no matter where they are, or what they're doing."

User reviews of the latest Android version of Shazam have been generally negative, with complaints about slow launching, instability, slow recognition and excessive advertising.


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Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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