- iPhone has got a new music recognition feature that Google Pixel phones have.
- This Shazam widget can identify music around you and playing on your iPhone.
- This is available to only the recent iPhone models launched after iPhone 6s.
Google Pixel is a great phone, not because it brings the exemplary cameras to your palms but because it pushes what Android phones can do feature-wise. For example, the Pixel phones have this feature called Now Playing that keeps the microphone on in the background to detect if there is any song playing in the proximity and tells you what song that is on the Always-On Display. Well, a similar music recognition feature is now available to iPhones with the new iOS 14.2 update.
The iOS 14.2 update, which began rolling out on November 5 globally, brings the Shazam integration that you can anytime populate your Control Centre with. Remember, this music recognition tool will not be enabled by default, you will have to go to iPhone settings to enable it. On tapping this widget, your iPhone will begin listening to songs that are playing nearby or on your phone, identify them using Shazam's wide catalogue of songs and music tracks and tell you what song this is through a notification. When you tap this notification, you will be taken to Shazam app where you can open the preferred app to listen to the song.
Shazam integration is not new to Apple's ecosystem. It has been available via Siri after Apple acquired Shazam back 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 identify a song quickly. This is similar to how Google Pixel recognises a song and tells you the name of the song. But since there is no app integration on Pixel with its Now Playing feature, you cannot interact with this notification. iPhone running iOS 14.2 lets you do that.
I have become a fan of this feature ever since I discovered it on the new iOS 14.2 update on my iPhone. Besides the music that is playing around me, it can recognise that song used in an Instagram Reels video or some movie I am watching on my iPhone. For example, I was watching a Reels video that used a cover of Linkin Park's In The End that I did not know existed. But thanks to Shazam's music recognition integration, I opened the song on Spotify and added it to my favourite music because I liked the song. Like me, there are several people who hear a song in a video but cannot possibly identify which one it is.
iOS 14.2 is now available to a wide range of iPhone models, starting iPhone 6s. The entire list of devices eligible includes iPhone SE, 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.