Spotify now has its own iOS 14 widget

28th October 2020
"Quickly get back to whatever you were playing recently"

In the weeks since iOS14’s release, more and more apps have been adding new features that take advantage of what’s in Apple’s latest update. And now, Spotify is joining in. Today, the leading subscription music service announced the launch of its widget for iOS 14 and iPad OS 14.

Similar to Apple’s own widgets for Apple Music, Spotify’s serve as a means of quickly getting back to something you were recently listening to. You can pick between small and medium sizes, but Spotify doesn’t yet offer a large-sized iOS 14 widgets.

The Spotify iOS widgets will display up to five of the recently played artists, playlists, albums or podcasts covers,” a Spotify spokesperson said by email. “Users can tap on the covers to dive straight back into their content.” The small widget displays just whatever you were playing last while using the app.

To add Spotify widget to your Home Screen

  • Make sure you’ve updated to the latest version of Spotify. I’ve noticed that sometimes an app’s widgets won’t show up until after you open it following the update, so try that if you don’t see them at first.
  • Touch and hold a widget or an empty area on the device home screen until the apps jiggle
  • Tap the Add button (+) in the upper-left corner
  • Select the Spotify widget in the list
  • Select the size of the widget you wish to add from the 2 options available (1x1 small square or 2x1 rectangle), then tap “Add Widget
  • Place the widget, and tap “Done” to confirm

I’ve noticed some other useful widgets popping up recently, including from Dropbox, Otter, and other apps. 

Source: Theverge


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Huawei Petal Search Widget – the new gateway to a million apps

27th October 2020
"Petal Search engine has been created in partnership with global search engine leaders to offer Huawei users an innovative and diverse search experience"

Huawei, the global leading technology company, has announced the availability of the ‘Petal Search – Find Apps’ search widget, which comes pre-installed on the latest HUAWEI P40 Series and is already available for download via AppGallery. The new search tool offers Huawei users an open gateway to a million apps and a way to easily search for the things they need – including news, images and more – directly from the home screen of their device.

Huawei has a new search tool powered by the Petal Search engine that has been created in partnership with Global and European search engine leaders to offer Huawei users innovative and diverse search experience.

Gateway to a million apps for Huawei Users

It is now even easier for Huawei users to have the apps they want on their HMS devices.

1) Phone Clone – One easy way to transfer your apps, contacts, data, files and photos from your old smartphone to your new smartphone, in a few simple steps.

2) AppGallery – Huawei’s official app store with more than 420M monthly active users and a constantly growing list of apps. It features a 4-layer detection mechanism to ensure apps featured are safe to download and use. Simply browse and download the apps you need.

3) ‘Petal Search – Find Apps’ search widget – one of three ways in which Huawei users can find and download apps on to their HMS devices, alongside AppGallery and Phone Clone. Simply use it directly from the home screen of your device.

A new search experience with Petal Search engine

Powered by the Petal Search engine, the search widget brings an alternative search experience that locates and aggregates information, delivering the most accurate and relevant results for each user in order to enable them to fully personalise and manage their smartphone experience.

In addition to news, images and entertainment, the search tool lists apps from multiple sources – always listing the source origin. Huawei’s AppGallery is completely integrated into the widget and any apps already available in the AppGallery will appear at the top of any search in the new tool. Hundreds of new apps continue to be added to the AppGallery every week.

Created in partnership with global and European search engine leaders, including Qwant and Yandex, the ‘Petal Search – Find Apps’ brings together the best in hardware-based security and safety technologies, combined with the unparalleled privacy standards set by these leading privacy-by-design search engines, to ensure the highest standards of data privacy and security for Huawei users.

Availability

The ‘Petal Search – Find Apps’ search widget currently supports more than 40 languages and is available in 45 countries and regions with plans for wider rollout to even more countries in the future. The new search tool will come pre-installed on Huawei’s latest flagship HUAWEI P40 series, including the P40 Pro, P40 and P40 lite and for existing Huawei users, it is now available to download from the AppGallery by simply searching for Petal Search – Find Apps.

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Spotify lets you search using lyrics so you can find the song stuck in your head

28th October 2020
"Another way to search for songs"

For those times when you’re constantly singing a line of a song but just can’t remember what song those lyrics came from, Spotify can now help you with that. You can now search for songs by their lyrics on iOS and Android.

The feature looks to be pretty straightforward — type in some lyrics into Spotify’s search bar and the app will surface songs that match. Songs that could be what you’re looking for will have a “Lyrics match” tag, as you can see in this tweet from Spotify designer Lin Wang:

 

My team just shipped something on iOS and Android -

now you can find songs by lyrics 😉 on Spotify

Give it a try 😊 pic.twitter.com/bOs4Ob9O84

— Lina (@linafab) October 5, 2020

 

I could see how searching by lyrics could be a really handy feature, especially for people like me. I’m quite bad at remembering song titles, but I can usually remember the key line of a chorus. It seems like that’s all I’d need to know to be able to find a song on Spotify that’s stuck in my head.

However, Spotify is catching up to Apple with this feature — Apple Music has let you search for songs using lyrics since 2018.

This isn’t the only lyrics-related feature Spotify has added recently. The company introduced real-time lyrics provided by Musixmatch to 26 markets in June. That’s also a catch-up feature to Apple Music, which added real-time lyrics alongside the release of iOS 13 last year.

Source: TheVerge


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