Remember the first time you used Shazam to identify a mystery song? VideoSurf intends to do one better, empowering your Android phone to recognize TV and movies through the use of its camera and microphone. The app is launching as a free download for Verizon subscribers, and will come pre-loaded on certain future Verizon Androids.
The app uses the analysis of the visual and audio data it collects to compare against VideoSurf’s database. When the app finds a match, it will ID what it is you’re watching, providing info on the cast and related works. In addition to TV and movies, VideoSurf says its system can also pick out music videos and online clips.
While this sounds like a great idea, apparently VideoSurf is no Shazam, as initial reports we’ve read have users struggling to get the app to ID some content. MobileBurn even noted it was able to use VideoSurf with only audio input, suggesting the video-recognition side of things might still need some tweaking. These issues could just be related to limited information in the company’s database of known works, a situation that should only get better in time. We wonder how something like this would work when tied to the database YouTube uses to automatically scan uploads for copyrighted content; there’s a partnership we’d like to see.