When the name of that song playing in the background escapes you, Shazam is the most common way to figure it out. This app has a few hundred million installs on Google Play – no big deal, or anything. A recent update has brought the updated experience that was teased at MWC to the Android app, so get your updates started.

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The new stuff is all on the results screen in versions 4.4 and 4.5 of Shazam. You'll notice the UI is completely refreshed with an elastic scrolling screen and a card-based list of links, lyrics, and videos. The app now also has a scrollable list of recommendations and updated artist biographies. It should work on broadcast TV on over 160 channels too.

Keep in mind the app has slightly different capabilities depending on where you live due to licensing restrictions. Although, most of result page features are universal. There's a screen of the old UI below for comparison.


Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • jjkfo

    Looks nice!


    I'm still grieving over the loss of the feature to stop tagging... I used that feature all the time, and it was removed when the UI was completely revamped. Can't tell you how many times lately I've gotten no results because I've started recording when the song was ending and the radio hosts started talking and ruined everything -.- Back in the day, I could just stop the tagging, even if it was just a 5-second clip, and it would find results based on that. These days, it just searches and searches and searches way beyond the actual song. :/

    • ddpacino

      Submit this request to the devs...?

      • SSDROiD

        I have. About three times. Getting ignored sucks!

        • ddpacino

          Ouch. Every dev I email, I get a reply within the hour. Let me try to pass that on...

          • SSDROiD

            I appreciate that, thanks!

    • remister

      I have to agree with you on this.

    • Cat Astrophy

      Just use SoundHound. Much better than Shazam

      • SSDROiD

        I tested SoundHound as I was getting really sick of Shazam's seemingly only goal of getting its users to activate their Facebook account through the app to share activity. But SoundHound has given me way too many false positives and lots of no results, so I've lost trust in them. Unfortunately, I might add :(

    • Ellis Boddington

      Pressing the tagging button again after tagging should send off the audio that's been captured so far, I believe. It does so without stopping listening and without saying so on the screen, though.

    • Alex

      Soundhound ftw!

    • Roh_Mish

      Use Sony's TrackID. It is small, and shows only required things. no useless social features

  • Timothy M

    new update kills transfer of nfc tags...just great