Identify That Song With Google’s Sound Search Widget For Android [Updates]

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There are quite a few song identification services 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

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Félix S. De Jesús

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


Arben Myrtaj

Didn’t know this, much thanks :D


Contest Winner

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


Gideon Waxfarb

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?


Christian West

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.”


Junil Maharjan

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

Saikat Basu

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


Brenden Barlow

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.


Moyzie Moyz

not available in my country! (UK)


Chris Hoffman

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

Saikat Basu

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.


Dany Bouffard

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.



I’ll check it out at once!

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