The Google Pixel is a great phone, not because it brings exemplary cameras to the palms, but because it pushes what Android phones can do in terms of functionality. For example, Pixel phones have this feature called Now Playing which keeps the microphone on in the background to detect if there’s any song playing nearby and tells you which song is on the Always-On display. Well, a similar music recognition feature is now available for iPhone with the new iOS 14.2 update.
The iOS 14.2 update, which began rolling out on November 5th globally, brings Shazam integration with which you can populate your Control Center at any time. Remember, this music recognition tool will not be enabled by default, you will have to go to iPhone settings to enable it. By tapping this widget, your iPhone it will start listening to songs playing nearby or on your phone, identify them using Shazam’s extensive catalog of songs and music, and tell you what song it is via a notification. When you tap this notification, you will be directed to the Shazam app where you can open your favorite app to listen to the song.
Shazam integration is not new to the Apple ecosystem. It was available through Siri after Apple acquired Shazam in 2017. You can ask Siri to listen to a song and identify it on the iPhone but the new music recognition tool makes it easier for users to quickly identify a song. It’s similar to how the Google Pixel recognizes a song and tells you the name of the song. But as there is no app integration on the Pixel with its Now Playing feature, you cannot interact with this notification. iPhone running iOS 14.2 allows you to do that.
I’ve become a fan of this feature ever since I discovered it on the new iOS 14.2 update on mine iPhone. In addition to the music playing around me, it can recognize that song used in an Instagram Reels video or movie I’m watching on my iPhone. For example, I was watching a video of Reels using a cover of Linkin Park’s In The End that I didn’t know existed. But thanks to Shazam’s music recognition integration, I opened the song on Spotify and added it to my favorite music because I liked the song. Like me, there are a lot of people who listen to a song in a video but can’t identify which one it is.
iOS 14.2 is now available for a wide range of iPhone models, starting iPhone 6s. Includes the entire list of eligible devices iPhone SELF, iPhone SE 2020, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Apple has introduced a new feature on iPhone which makes him face Google Pixel head on.
- iPhone has a new music recognition feature that Google Pixel phones have.
- This Shazam widget can identify the music around you and play it on yours iPhone.
- This is only available for recent iPhone models launched later iPhone 6s.