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Cannot be troubled to type something you want to look for? Snaplay is a reverse image search app that lets you snap an image of a piece of media to retrieve connected songs and videos which can then be viewed within the app. Its developers, London developer D&A, explain it as a ‘Shazam for images’. The app has been in beta screening since May, with some 1,800 individuals, and has just exited beta for a full public launch.

The basic concept is to snap a picture of a slice of media that takes your fancy – whether that’s a movie poster, an advert or a cd cover – and have the app retrieve related media content. It’s basically a QR code without the ugly QR code.

On the music side, Snaplay can incorporate with Spotify if you’ve it on your phone, or get and play tracks you’ve actually kept locally on your gadget. For videos it integrates with YouTube. Co-founder Joe Randall-Cutler says they are likewise looking at adding additional ‘plugins’ for the future, including audiobooks on audible, or kindle books.

The target for the app is tech wise 18-35s with an interest in design, music, video or movie, he says, while initial target markets are the UNITED STATE, U.K. and Japan.

‘The core concept behind Snaplay is that it’s a songs and video player, instead of a typical online search engine,’ he explains by means of email. ‘A method to flawlessly jump from an image that’s fascinated you in your offline environment, to connected music and video in the online world. We like the method individuals discover and delight in art and culture on their devices, and desire the app to be a basic, focussed and distraction free method to do that.’

The reverse image search algorithm is by no ways best – on one celebration when I attempted it it recovered a YouTube video of Selena Gomez when I snapped a picture of Psy, for instance – however Randall-Cutler says the algorithm they utilize to filter results is something they’re ‘regularly enjoying with’. They likewise plan to obtain individuals to assist with refining results by hosting their own image data source and enabling individuals to input a title for an image that raises no result. That title would then be linked in the data source for all future users.

While there are various other more general reverse image search apps around, Randall-Cutler states Snaplay differentiates itself by concentrating specifically on finding ‘dynamic material like Songs and Video’. ‘All the rest offer a wide variety of outcomes, needing heavier sifting and a much larger range of options,’ he includes.

Currently, Snaplay is being monetised via display ads within the (complimentary) app. There’s also an in-app upgrade which gets rid of ads and lets individuals conserve all their Snaps/Plays. The developers prepares to include a b2b income stream in future – by enabling publishers to buy the leading hit for their published imagery.