Google Rolls Out Shazam-like Feature
Article by George Norman
On 14 Dec 2012
Google rolled out a Sound Search widget for Android that works much like Shazam or SoundHound – it recognizes the songs it hears.

We’ve all been there: you’re enjoying a drink with friends when an awesome song comes on. Nobody at the table knows the name of the song or who is singing it – and you’re not exactly in the mood to go asking around. You could take out your Android-powered smartphone and use an app like Shazam or SoundHound – or you could use Google’s latest offering, the “What’s this song” widget for Google Sound Search.


Get the Sound Search for Google Play app, install it, and you will be presented with a "What’s this song" widget. Put the widget on your home screen and when a song you can’t identity comes on, just tap the widget. When you do so it will start listening and it will identify whatever song is playing in the background.

So far, it’s pretty much the same sort of functionality you would get from the aforementioned Shazam and SoundHound. Here comes the kicker: you can easily purchase identified music. After it identifies a song, the widget can take you straight to Google Play so you can make a purchase.

Google Play Sound Search Features
  • Tap the widget and it will identify the song.
  • Go to Google Play and purchase songs
  • Keep a song identification history synced across all your Android devices
  • The Google Play Sound Search widget is offered for free

You can get Sound Search for Google Play from the Play Store here.
Those who can’t get the app from the Play Store because of country or other restrictions, can download the Sound Search AK from MediaFire here.

In related news, Google updated its official Google Search app. The latest version comes with a function that goes like this: say "What's this song?" to find the song you hear.

The Google Search app is available for download on the Play Store here.

Tags: Google, Google Search, Shazam, SoundHound, Sound Search, widget, Google Play
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