One of the new features in Google’s Android 4.0 software is called Beam, which uses NFC technology to allow app users to share… stuff. And thanks to Shazam, that stuff will now include music samples and information. The company has announced that the next update to the Android Shazam app will include support for Beam, allowing people to touch their phones together to swap details on their music tags, tour dates and offers received from advertisers. One downside, as TechCrunch notes, is that less than 1% of Android owners are running Android 4.0 – the chances of finding two Beam-capable handsets together are slim for now. We also recently reported on another app, Bump, dropping its touch-based music swapping feature due to unpopularity (Bulletin, 17-Feb-12), but perhaps a music-focused app like Shazam will have more luck.

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