Shazam’s Recent Auto Feature Impacts Data and Battery for Android Users

Shazam recently released an auto-identifying music feature in their newest update v6.5.1. Shazam released a statement saying that the new auto feature is “battery friendly”. Here at App Quest, we want to determine how “battery friendly” Shazam’s update truly is and analyze other important metrics by using data contributed and collected anonymously from the App Quest Community.

This month, Shazam, a popular music app used by hundreds of millions of people each month to instantly identify music that’s playing, released their latest update on Google Play with a new feature—Auto Shazam. Auto Shazam is a user-enabled feature right on the app’s home screen that lets Shazam persistently run in the background so it can identify and catalog any music it detects. What this does is cut down on the amount of times you’re rushing to identify a song, only for it to be over by the time you’ve reach the home screen, or constantly having to manually “shazam” songs back to back when you’re hit with a stream of songs you like. Basically, a “hands-free ” Shazam.

Although Shazam may cut down on the self-labor you have to do when having to manually identify one song at a time, how does this impact resource consumption? For an app like Shazam—which prior to the update ran primarily in the foreground—now having the option to consistently run in the background proposes possible high data and battery drainage.

BACKGROUND DATA USAGE alt With Shazam’s incorporation of the auto feature on their recent update, Android users are experiencing higher data consumption in the background. On the non-Auto Shazam version, Android users were reporting 42.07 KB of background data per hour, while Android users on the Auto Shazam version were reporting 57.40 KB of background data per hour—a 36% increase.

BACKGROUND BATTERY USAGE alt Often times, when apps are running in the background, Android users would experience higher battery drain. Surprisingly for Auto Shazam, this is not the case. According to data contributed by the App Quest community, Android users on the Auto Shazam version saw lower battery drain rate in the background than on the non-Auto Shazam version by 32When Shazam stated that their auto feature will be battery friendly, they truly meant it.


However, interestingly enough, Shazam’s recent update ran less time in the background. In Shazam’s previous version, the app ran 1.27 hours in the background vs. 1.07 hours on the recent auto version—a 16% decline.

Shazam’s new feature can be helpful and streamlines the process of having to manually identify song after song. However, if you are limited or low on data, it may be best to keep the auto feature off, which is easily taken care of as it is directly on Shazam’s home screen and can quickly be enabled when you want.

Happy shazam-ing this summer, everyone.

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