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Looking for yet another SoundHound or Shazam alternative? The Android Sound Search widget that was introduced as part of Jelly Bean is now available for all Android 4.0 devices, in the form of the Sound Search for Google Play app.

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The limitation of Google's app, of course, is that it only recognizes songs from the Play Store - though that's still a substantial library. Hit up the link below to grab it. Find out more about the Song Search app at this post on the official Android blog.

David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Richard Frost

    Yet another GEOLOCKED App - thanks Google ;(

    USA Only People.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Yeah, it's a bit odd - you'd think they'd at least have it in all countries with Google Play Music.

      • http://twitter.com/Rasty_Plus rasty++

        in italy we have the google play music but the widget does not work ...

        • hyperbolic

          What's the point of doing that, I never understood it.

    • lbrfabio

      The thing is that countries with Google Play Music should have this widget unlocked. Instead, is locked here and in the Nexus 7

  • http://twitter.com/Rasty_Plus rasty++

    apk????

  • http://silverfang77.tumblr.com/ Silver Fang

    I installed it, but can't find it on my phone as either an app or a widget. What gives?

  • http://twitter.com/mytwm Mariano Pardo

    This item cannot be installed in your device's country...

    • http://twitter.com/mytwm Mariano Pardo

      I'm from Argentina!

  • http://www.facebook.com/benjamin.pavel Benjamin Pavel

    Meh, i still rather use Soundhound.
    But i must i like how Google is putting more and more AOSP apps on the market.
    Keep it up Google. =)

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      This isn't AOSP. This is a Google App, which means it's not open source and it relies on the Google Services Framework to be installed. If you've installed CyanogenMod (or any other AOSP-based ROMs) before, you typically have to flash the gapps package after flashing the system ROM. That package includes the Google Services Framework, GMail, Play Store, and a host of other things that make Android talk to Google.

      I agree though, I'm happy to see them putting more and more Google Apps on the store. It serves to make updates WAY faster and easier to get (not relying on system updates to improve individual features). It also offers a way for people to get features that might have been intentionally left out by OEMs; for example, if Samsung decided to remove this feature from their Jellybean updates, it could still be had from the Play Store.

  • brainimpact

    not allowed for handsets in UK for some reason even though we have Play Music

  • tylerbrainerd

    I'm really glad that Google is pushing stuff out into separate packages available on the play store. This is exactly why android fragmentation is nowhere near as bad as some say.

  • JDawg

    'MERRRRICCCAAAA :(

    • sssgadget

      MURICA

  • Escapology

    APK?

    • brainimpact

      Good idea someone pull it from device and share please

  • http://www.efetech.com.ar Federico

    APK please!

  • Kcls

    Am I the only one who thinks this widget looks ugly?

  • JayJ

    We finally get Music here in the UK and now Magazines so why is this unavailable here in the UK? Come Google sort this out....

  • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

    This item cannot be installed in your device's country.

    ಠ_ಠ

  • Paul Trachternach

    Need in aus

  • Dinofan01

    What devices are these screenshots coming from? It appears to be a 4.2 device on a 4G network. I thought the only official phone with 4.2 was the Nexus 4 only able to get HSPA+ in most places.

    • Freak4Dell

      HSPA+ is considered 4G by AT&T and T-Mobile, and any sane person that doesn't get their panties in a bunch over what some bullshit committee says.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dominick-White/642535026 Dominick White

      It also could be a rooted galaxy nexus running on verizon

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

        It could also be a Nexus 4 that's been bumped into LTE mode and connected to one of the few networks and towers supporting the right frequencies.

        ...Or, it's a modified/custom ROM that happened to change the icons or the way cellular connections are classified. Given that the interface looks completely normal, I doubt this case, but it's worth mentioning for academic completeness :)

    • ddpacino

      Actually, 4.0+ looks like those screens shots...

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1645382940 Красимир Стефанов

    Another "not-available-in-your-country" app.
    I'll stick to Shazam.

  • DeadSOL

    Incompatible with my Galaxy S3? But the top rated comment user is using a Galaxy S3! :( I hate country-specific stuff!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

    Now I feel a little silly buying both Shazam apps on iOS and Soundhound on Android.

    Having said that I now have to wait for this to arrive in the UK, it only recognises a limited database and there is only a widget and not an actual application with interface (I keep my homescreen clean at the moment).

    Time will tell how much a replacement this will be for me.

  • ChumbleSpuzz

    For those non-murican rooted users out there, perhaps this XDA thread can help:

    Google Ears "What's This Song?" (for unsupported countries only...)
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2025645