How to turn your phone into a smart speaker
What if you had a smartphone app that made you sing along to music, while your phone would listen for your voice and then play it back?
Sounds like a pretty neat idea, right?
Well, not exactly.
But, in a move that could help you make your life easier and better, Nokia just unveiled a new smartphone app called “Songify,” that can turn your smartphone into a music player and record audio for your songs.
The app is available for Android and iOS, and lets you record and listen to music in just a few taps, without having to install any other apps or downloading a separate app.
The idea is to make it easier for you to do things like share your songs on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or to share music with your friends.
Nokia is also making a version of the app for the Apple Watch, but it’s unclear whether it will be made available to the public, or just to Nokia employees.
So, is Nokia trying to capitalize on the rise of “smartphones as music players,” or are they trying to bring some much-needed peace of mind to the people who rely on their phones for everything from checking email to taking calls?
“It’s like saying, ‘What’s your phone like?’
‘Well, it’s your music player.’
So you can’t say, ‘Okay, you can record music on your phone.’
You’re just recording on the phone,” Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said at a recent event in Barcelona.
“Now, that’s what we’re going to do.
It’s really important to have an option to record on the device, whether it’s in a library or something else.
You can record audio on the iPhone and listen, but you can also download the music right from the cloud, so you don’t have to worry about the data that’s going to be used on the devices.”
What’s interesting about this is that Nokia is not the first company to do this, but rather, the first to make the idea a reality.
In the US, Apple’s iTunes Music service, for example, allows users to play a song and listen via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, or they can use a device like the Nokia Tunein smart speaker.
But Nokia has made the idea work for now, by giving you control over when and where the phone will record audio.
And while the app is not available for all phones, Nokia says it plans to add support for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 by the end of the year.
And Nokia says that Songify is not just for music: “If you have a Samsung phone, you will also be able to record audio directly from your phone using the Nokia Songify app,” Elop added.
Nokia says Songify will record and playback up to eight songs at a time.
The service is available on Android and Windows Phone, and is priced at $10.99 a month.
But the company isn’t letting the fact that the app will not work on all devices stop people from using it.
Nokia said that the Songify service will work on both Windows and Mac OS, so it’s not limited to only Windows Phones.