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There are quite a few song identification services 4 Ways To Find Out The Name Of That Elusive Song 4 Ways To Find Out The Name Of That Elusive Song Read More for all our ‘tip of the tongue’ recall moments. Now, Google has launched its own Song Search widget that may just help you answer the question “What was the name of the song?” Please note that this is a widget, not an app, and that you will need access to the web. Widgets, as you know, perform simple functions and in this case it’s about identifying songs from your homescreen.

The Google Sound Search widget was previously available on the Nexus, but in its latest avatar, it can be installed across all Android devices. Once installed, add it to the homescreen and let the search widget identify any music playing around you. If you are running Android Jellybean, you can add the widget to the lockscreen. The Song Search widget also keeps a history of all identified songs.

You can sync it across all your Android devices running the widget and use the identified songs to purchase their digital copies from Google Play, and add them to your Google Play Music library.

So, just head to the Google Play Store and install Sound Search for Google Play. Next, go to the widget picker on your device and drag the Sound Search widget onto your home screen. Touch the widget to identify music playing around you.

Source: Google Play


  1. Anonymous
    December 14, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    I'll check it out at once!

  2. Dany Bouffard
    December 14, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I hate the country specific stuff, I tought that Android was suppose to be more user friendly, but I guess if you are not a US Citizen your considered second rate citizen by Google Play.

  3. Chris Hoffman
    December 14, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    For some reason this is US-only. Are they crazy?

    • Saikat Basu
      December 14, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      I think it will gradually open up. It could have something to do with Google Music and licensing restrictions (assuming here) . I think Google Music arrived in Europe just a month back.

  4. Moyzie Moyz
    December 14, 2012 at 9:01 am

    not available in my country! (UK)

  5. Brenden Barlow
    December 14, 2012 at 8:26 am

    interesting....ive used sound hound for a few years now (since i first had a smartphone), and its managed some fairly obscure songs.....wonder how this compares.

  6. Junil Maharjan
    December 14, 2012 at 4:52 am

    we need a comparison article. Shazam vs Soundhound vs google sound search widget

    • Saikat Basu
      December 14, 2012 at 5:23 am

      Hmm..just noted it. That's a good suggestion.

  7. Christian West
    December 14, 2012 at 12:38 am

    It's strange that this app is country specific as I can think of no reason that the data would be restricted anywhere. Trying to download it from Australia I receive a message saying "This item cannot be installed in your device's country."

  8. Gideon Waxfarb
    December 14, 2012 at 12:05 am

    I love this widget, but seems to be rather week in recognizing songs in the electronic genre. Any of the dedicated apps like Shazam better at this?

  9. Contest Winner
    December 13, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Nice, Will def give this a go, I usually use soundhound, but it hasnt has been working too great for me lately.

  10. Arben Myrtaj
    December 13, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Didn't know this, much thanks :D

  11. Félix S. De Jesús
    December 13, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Can We compare this app to Shazam??
    I'm going to try it now!!

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