Shazam speeds up song identification with new Android shortcut

Shazam, the app for identifying songs, has just made it easier to get an ID before the song ends. Both the Android and iOS apps have been updated with new features, and the Android app in particular has received a firm-press shortcut to instantly start to 'shazaming,' cutting down on both taps and time. There's a small catch, though, if you want to use this feature.

That 'catch' is that you have to be using Android Nougat to get access to this shortcut, which appears when you 'press firmly' on the Shazam app icon. Not using Nougat? That's okay, there are still some other updates for other Android users and for those on iPhone.

Both platforms have been updated with the ability to scan 'Shazam Codes' with the device's camera. This new feature is for scanning Shazam-branded codes that you may find on all sorts of things — products, magazines, etc — which unlock "augmented reality experiences" and other special things.

The updates both say you can now create an account to keep your Shazams backed up, meaning you won't lose them in the event you lose your phone. There have also been some bug fixes applied to the iOS app, so if you were having issues before, you shouldn't experience them after updating.

SOURCE: Google Play