Product

New Sing! Search

optimized-blog_community_template_5

New Sing! Search

We’re super-duper excited to introduce you to the completely revamped NEW SEARCH.  

Why did it take us so long to do this?  Well, believe it or not, you amazing, happy, inspiring Sing!ers are creating over 2 MILLION songs, recordings, invites EVERY SINGLE DAY.  That’s a whole lotta music to search through (thank you very much).  To be honest, our server team has been working tirelessly on building this new Search throughout this year and incorporating many of your feedback and ideas along the way.  And we are happy to report, that no server engineers or servers had a meltdown during this time.

So, without further ado, here’s a walkthrough of the new Search features!

1) One Search! Search all four types of content (songs, singers, invites, recordings) at once

When you tap on the magnifying glass and type in a search string, you will be presented with top matches of songs, singers, invites, and recordings on the same screen. They are grouped and labeled so you can easily navigate to the items that interest you. Tap “See All” to drill down deeper into each section if you want to see more results.

Example: search for “charlie puth”

iphone-6

2) Search for specific combinations like multiple people and their collabs

Type in multiple usernames or real names, and you can find collabs done by two performers. Type in a username and a song name, and you can find recordings or invites of that song performed by that user or songs arranged by that user.

Examples:  

1. Collabs by multiple performers: “xyego xgotti”

img_0686-copy

2. Recording of a song by a specific singer: “@erikliss1 em rossi”

img_0687-copy

3. An arrangement of a song by a specific user: “jeff_yourmusic celion dion”

img_0678-copy

3) Better autocomplete

When you begin typing your search string, you will no longer see a large number of autocomplete suggestions listed in alphabetical order. Autocomplete suggestions are now shown by relevance that predicts who or what you might be searching for.

Example: type in “jus”

img_0679-copy

4) Search provides more relevant results

Similar to autocomplete suggestions, search results are now also displayed by relevance, taking into consideration factors such as popularity to provide better matches. Moving forward, you will start finding more of what you are actually looking for with less effort.

Example: search for “jessie j”

img_0684_1024-copy

5) View recent search history

This feature allows you to see your most recent search history and quickly repeat searches.  This is one of our personal favorites.  

img_0669-copy

So what are you waiting for???  Stop reading this blog and start searching!  Tell us about what you find.  Tell us about what you can’t find.  As you know, we are always working to improve, and we are always here and listening for your feedback.  Let us know!

* Sing Android users, we love you, and it’s coming soon.  

** We will be rolling out the new Search to groups of Sing iOS users in order to work out kinks and make sure our servers don’t melt, so don’t worry if you don’t see it yet, you’ll see it soon!

 

14

Bookmark Invites on Sing iOS

00_bookm_billboard_1280x668

Exciting news for Sing! iOS users: Now you can bookmark invites you’d like to join later!

Have you ever lost track of an invite that you wanted to join? Or forgot about one until it was too late?  As one of the most requested features from our community, bookmarking invites will allow you to track those you want to join in one place, easily keeping tabs on how long you have to join. We’re testing this feature on iOS first, and it will come to Sing Android next month.

To bookmark an invite, tap the “…” button from screens you see an invite you want to bookmark. Then choose “Bookmark Invite”:

01_bookm_notification 02_bookm_chat

 

03_bookm_feed 04_bookm_feed_bookmarking

Your bookmarks will be privately saved to the Invites tab under your own profile, below the invites you created.

05_bookm_profile

Expired and closed invites will be automatically removed from your bookmark list. To manually remove a bookmark, go to your bookmark list and tap “…” then “Remove Bookmark”.

06_bookm_profile remove 07_bookm_profile_removing

 

We hope this helps you join more collabs and connect with more of your friends. Please email us at support@smule.com if you have any questions or suggestions!

23

A Fresh New Look for Sing! iOS

The Smule team has been hard at work bringing a fresh new look to Sing! that will make the iOS experience sleeker, simpler, and more beautiful than ever before. Inspired by the careful and consistent design of Sing! on Android, we’ve unified the color palette, icons, and button design all over Sing! iOS. Take a look at the new look and feel of Sing! on the iPhone and iPad:

IMG_3500IMG_3498

Screen Shot 2016-04-19 at 2.38.20 PMIMG_3501

Not only will this update make the app easier and more pleasant to use, but it will also allow Smule’s team of designers and engineers to bring new improvements to both iOS and Android faster than ever before. We’re working every day to bring all Sing! users the same great experience no matter what device they use, and this new update to the design of Sing! iOS is a big step in the direction of consistency and simplicity for everyone.

 

As always, we want to hear what you think about the new Sing! Karaoke makeover! Please let us know by sending your comments to support@smule.com.
From the whole Smule team, happy singing!

 

36

Invites Update

main

Hello Sing!ers,

You want to get the word out about your collabs. And, you want to know about ones you can join. This is why invites are so important, and we’ve heard from and talked to many of you about how to improve the invitation system.  Turns out there are many areas that needed addressing under the hood to make it easier for you to send and receive invites from people you care about.

Today’s update addresses key frustrations that we’ve heard from you on how invites are sent and received.  This may be a big change for some of you used to the old system.  Don’t worry, we’re not done.  This is where we need your help – try the new invites system and let us know what you think.  Know that we will not rest until this new system is working even better than before.

Without further ado, here’s a quick look at the key changes.

One Invites List

Your “Invites” list under “Notifications” will show all the invites sent by people you are following.  We’ve consolidated all the invites from singers you follow and care about into one list.  You don’t need to switch between different invites lists any more.

1

People who you are not following can still invite you to join a collab.  However, those invites will show up in the “Others” tab on the “Messages” screen.  Remember, you can block users to stop receiving unwanted invites.

Easily Invite All Your Followers

Your followers want to hear about your new collabs to join.  Right after you finish a duet or group collab, easily invite all your followers with a switch.  Make sure your collab is set to public if you want to invite all your followers to join you.

2

Invites via Sing! Message

Sometimes you want to send a more personal invite to your close friends or to your group chat with more specific instructions to join the collab.  You can do that with Sing! Message.  It’s not only for chatting, it’s also a way to personalize your invites directly to specific people or groups of people and chat about how you are going to join the collab with each other!

We’re also addressing one of the most requested features – you can now quickly search from the list of people you’re following without having to scroll through a long list or worry about missing anyone.

3

Remember, if you are inviting people who are not following you, your invites will only appear in their “Others” tab.  Be cautious when you do this so your invites don’t get mistaken for spam as you make new friends!

Selective Push Notifications

Are you getting too many push notifications? You can turn on/off your Sing! Message push notifications from specific singers or groups.

4

Alternatively, you can also disable all Sing! Message push notifications by going to your Settings and turning off “All Chat Notifications”.

5

Whew!  That’s it for now.  We hope this helps you connect with more of your friends and join more collabs.  Let us know what you think and stay tuned because we are going to make it even better.  Happy singing!

7

Starting today, you can create your own parts for group collabs!

 

 tumblr_nzdkbrni0w1s5f52xo1_r1_1280

Starting today, you can create your own parts for group collabs!

Just go to www.smule.com/upload and select the Songbook option. On the screen where you enter the song’s lyrics, you’ll see an option to customize the song’s parts for group singing:

Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 1.45.36 PM

Your song can have as many as eight parts and as few as three, and you can even rename each one to help show who will sing what:

Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 1.43.54 PM

Once you’ve started, you can add, remove, and rename parts, and you can click-and-drag to associate each line of lyrics with one or more parts.

Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 1.43.44 PM

With just a few clicks, you’ll be all set and have something that looks like this:

image

If you don’t feel like setting a song’s group parts, you can set its duet parts, and we’ll use those to automatically create group parts in the Sing!

Once you finish uploading your song, you can find it in the Songbook. When you start or join a group collab, you’ll find your parts waiting for you to choose from:

Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 1.46.12 PM

Similar to duets, you’ll see a unique set of lyrics to guide your singing.

Even if you don’t want to upload a song to the Songbook, you can still enjoy songs with fun group parts. Check out the new Songbook section in Sing! iOS called “Great for Groups,” which features holiday songs and others specially arranged by our team for group singing.

Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 1.46.30 PM

We’ll be adding group parts to more songs every week, so try searching “groupparts” in the Songbook to find them. Sing a group collab as your favorite singer and sing in harmony with others around the world!

Group parts are limited to Sing iOS for now but coming soon to Sing Android.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with! As always, please write us at support@smule.com if you have any questions or suggestions!

 

2

Share your Sing! Videos on Instagram!

Share your Sing! Videos on Instagram!

Share your Sing! Videos on Instagram!

At the heart of Smule’s mission to connect people through music, is the conviction that music is engaging and social.  So, we are always striving to make it as easy as possible for you to share your creations and collaborations.  One of the more popular comments we’ve been hearing is that you want to share a clip of your cover on Instagram. Well, of course you do!  And, now, friends, you can – and it’s easy!

Share your music with the world!

Here’s how:

1) Find or create your cover in the Sing! app or on Smule.

2) Click the share icon.

3) Click on the Instagram icon.

4) Select a video and trim the 3 to 15 second section of the video you want to share

5) Post with the hashtag #Smule #InstaSmule #Sing

Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 1.51.29 PM
Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 1.51.46 PM
Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 1.52.06 PM
Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 1.52.28 PM
Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 1.52.47 PM
Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 1.53.07 PM

 

 

Follow us on Instagram (@Smule) and tag your Sing! shares with #Smule #InstaSmule – that way we can easily find it and potentially regram it! :)

As always, Happy Singing!

 

14