Verizon's Latest App Applies 'Shazam' Concept to Video
Verizon Wireless today announced a new application available from the V CAST Apps Android Store called VideoSurf. Similar to the way Shazam or SoundHound allows users to record snippets of songs and then search for the song information based on that snippet, VideoSurf lets people record a few seconds of a TV show or movie and then retrieve the information about that program. VideoSurf will tell users the name of the show, the episode that's airing, as well as provide the cast list. Users can then share the results via Facebook or Twitter if they wish. VideoSurf uses sound from the TV program as well as visual recognition technology to identify the content. The application is available for free to select Android phones and will be pre-loaded on Verizon's Long Term Evolution 4G phones moving forward.
Google Search Boosts Music, Movie, TV Results
Google has improved Google Search to include more details about artists, actors, movies, and television shows. Now, when people search for particular musicians or bands, each result will point towards events, albums, and songs, as well as links to apps where the artist's tracks are available.
Google Assistant Now Recognizes Songs On Request
Google Assistant on Android handsets is now able to identify songs playing in the background. As long as the music is audible, querying the Assistant with "what song is this?" will cause the app to listen for several seconds and identify the song.
Google to Stream App Content Via Search
Google today said its mobile search tool is now able to show content that may be buried within apps. Google began indexing the content of mobile apps two years ago, and has more than 100 billion deep links into apps such as Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.
Google Search App Can Be Used to Open, Interact with Other Apps
Google has updated the main search application for Android devices and expanded its ability to use voice commands with other installed applications. For example, users can say things like, "Ok Google, Shazam this song," or "Ok Google, listen to NPR" and it will do exactly that.