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Wearable technology integration and augmented reality coming to Shazam

The service that is best known for the music that it provides is now expanding into other areas.

When most people think of Shazam, they call to mind an app that they use to identify – and listen to a song – when they don’t know who sings it, but that company is broadening its reach to wearable technology integration and augmented reality, among other things.

The features available through the app will also include a social component through recommendations.

The app will also have Spotify and Rdio integration, which will allow Shazam users to be able to scroll through a range of artists that are in some way related to the results of their search, so that they will be able to discover additional new content. At the same time, that new component of the app is only the start of the changes that Shazam has in store for 2015, as it heads outside of music and into things like wearable technology integration, and even into augmented reality.

The future of the company will not be exclusive to music, but will include wearable technology and other cutting edge tech.

Wearable Technology - ShazamThe CEO of the company, Rich Riley, pointed out that the changes have already begun, but that they are only scratching the surface of what is in store. The app already prompts in movie theaters and TV commercials that behave like QR codes, when it alerts users to “Shazam this commercial to learn more!”.

Throughout 2015, Riley explained that the company will be continuing to work on a component that they call “visual Shazam”, which could provide a new feature that links the app to the physical retail experience.

This use of smartphones and tablets as a part of mobile commerce while in store is nothing new. It is commonplace for people to take out the devices to learn more about products through reviews and price checks. However, a new Shazam feature could potentially drive consumers to Shazam for savings opportunities such as free coupons, giving brick and mortar stores the opportunity to bring customers back inside instead of choosing online shops.

Augmented reality will also be integrated into Shazam results, such as providing a 360 degree tour of a print magazine ad to show the entire interior of a vehicle – as was recently the case with Jaguar. The app and service will also be optimized for wearable technology, this year, for people who would rather use smartwatches to identify a song than use their smartphones.

Mobile app knows what Facebook users are watching

The social media giant recently released a new optional feature for its iOS and Android app users.

Last week, Facebook upgraded its mobile app for iPhone and Android mobile phones, which now gives users the option of using the microphones of their mobile devices to listen and identify music and TV content and share this information in their posts.

The audio-recognition feature can be turned on or off.

Users who are interested in taking advantage of this feature will be given the option to turn it on after updating the app and they will also be provided with information on how the new feature functions. If the user chooses to turn it on it will make it easier for them to share what they are watching or listening to as soon as they begin writing a post. The app will give users the option to include information about what is playing in the background if they want to include that in their status update. The feature can also be turned off at any time.

Aryeh Selkman, the product manager who was in charge of developing the app’s audio-recognition feature said, “We want to help people tell better stories.” He added, “I hope there are people who love the feature and post more.” If Facebook users share more about what is of interest to them, this could potentially increase the value of ads that are targeted at some of the social network’s billion-plus users.Facebook Mobile App Update

The social media mobile app works much like the popular audio-recognition app Shazam.

The technology used in the Facebook app is very similar to Shazam because it utilizes the microphones that have been integrated into a smartphone to recognize television and music. Facebook signed deals to attain audio from 160 TV stations in America. According to the social media company, it only takes 15 seconds for the app to identify a live show.

In addition, Facebook has stated that it has made deals with music streaming sites like Rdio and Spotify, which gives users of Facebook the ability to preview songs that other users have shared. Songs can be previewed using the same mobile app audio identification feature.