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Shazam now works on Android Wear as well as the Apple Watch

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Considering Android Wear is closing in on its first birthday party, it's about time that Shazam updated its app to work on the wearable platform - especially as it already has an Apple Watch app out.

As usual all you need to do is update the app on your smartphone, run a sync with your smartwatch, and you're ready to go. It uses the mic on your timepiece to listen for songs but your phone does the heavy lifting.

That means your phone needs to be in range of your watch in order to identify songs, otherwise you're going to be left trying to name that tune using your old-fashioned memory.

Sing along

Shazam a song from Android Wear and it gets added to your My Shazam list (as well as your My Shazam Tracks playlist if you've connected your Spotify or Rdio accounts to it).

Lyrics are available on your wrist too, should you want to sing along. You can't buy tunes direct from your smartwatch, though... yet.

Shazam joins the likes of Evernote, RunKeeper and Sonos in providing official Android Wear apps with dedicated functionality, although the smartwatches show basic notifications from all Android apps out of the box.

Dave is a freelance tech journalist who has been writing about gadgets, apps and the web for more than two decades. Based out of Stockport, England, on TechRadar you'll find him covering news, features and reviews, particularly for phones, tablets and wearables. Working to ensure our breaking news coverage is the best in the business over weekends, David also has bylines at Gizmodo, T3, PopSci and a few other places besides, as well as being many years editing the likes of PC Explorer and The Hardware Handbook.