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When you hear a song and don't know what it is, but want to find out, what do you do? Fire up Shazam or SoundHound, of course. But what do you do when you see a video that you're lookin' to identify? Well, there hasn't really been a solution on Android to handle this sort of debacle - until now, that is.

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Calling itself the "ultimate video discovery" app, VideoSurf is a direct answer to the iPhone's IntoNow - it can identify videos through audio and video recognition, suggest other videos, and locate other videos using keywords. According the VideoSurf website, there is "no need to open a new application", as it can "play practically any video on the web inside [the] app!" It also offers Facebook and Twitter integration, so you can easily share, Like, or Tweet any video directly from within the VideoSurf app.

We decided to give this app a shot, and our first impression wasn't so good. After attempting to get it to identify both Family Guy and Lost, it came up empty handed. Hopefully the developers are hard at work on correcting these sorts of issues, because, let's face it - if it can't even detect something as popular as Family Guy or Lost, then it's still got a long way to go.

Yet another downside is that this app is only available on select Verizon Wireless smartphones, but the VideoSurf Team is planning on bringing it to other devices soon. They said that it should work on all VZW devices running 2.2 or higher - but I couldn't install it on my OG Droid, so it may be hit-or-miss.

If you're feelin' froggy - head on over the Android Market where you can grab this app for free. Hopefully you get better mileage than we did; drop us a line in the comments and let us know how it goes.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    Actually, they locked it down to 2.2 only, rather than 2.2+ (though, their PR told us 2.2+). That's why it doesn't run on your Droid, Cameron.

  • Gwennie

    I tried to install it but its blocked from tmobile.Sucks.

  • J.R.

    Pretty terrible app, couldn't even identify "The Office," which happens to be the still shot on their home screen.  Plus, am I the only one scratching my head as to when someone would ever be in a situation to need this?  I can't remember the last time I watched a video that wasn't labelled, and on most tv's the I.D. of a program is only a remote click away.  Very pointless in my estimation, especially when I doesn't work!