Google Makes Song Search Widget Available in Play Store
Google today announced that its Sound Search widget is now available for download in the Google Play Store. The Sound Search widget, which can be dropped onto the home screen, behaves similar to third-party services such as Shazam. It can be used to identify songs that the apps hears. It was previously only available to devices running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It now supports devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and up. It is a free download form the Google Play Store.
Google Play Music Searches Reveal Playable Results
Google has updated its Play Music app for Android devices and made it possible to play songs directly from search results. Now, when users search for a song, album, or artist, the top three results include a "play" button that lets them jump immediately to those songs.
Google Search App for iPhone Gains a Home Screen Widget
Google today updated its main Search application for the iPhone and added a widget for the home screen. Technically, iOS doesn't support true home screen widgets other than those in the notification panel.
Apple Music for Android Updated to Match iOS 11
Apple today updated its Apple Music application for the Android platform in order to ensure the experience is similar to that of the revised iOS version. Android device owners have access to the same iOS 11 Apple Music discovery feature that allows people to create public profiles and share playlists.
Google Search App Gains Tappable Shortcuts
Google today said an update to its mobile search app should make it quicker and easier to find basic information via tappable shortcuts that are positioned underneath the search box. The shortcuts let people perform instant searches for a variety of items, including entertainment, sports, weather, food, news, and more.