|Forget the song. What's with all the names for this app?|
Google Sound Search app for Ice Cream Sandwich, no root required!
If you've seen the Day #1 Keynote at Google I/O 2012, maybe you noticed one of the many new features in Android 4.1 ('Jelly Bean') was something called 'What's that song?' ...nicknamed 'Google Ears' by the Android team. We later learned this app's official name is Google Sound Search.
It installs as a widget and hooks right into Google Music, ready to provide one-click identification of the song you're playing, along with album art (in thumbnail form) and pricing info. Sound Search links directly to the Google Play Store, for easy one-click ordering of any song or album.
Ok, this is nothing new; Sound Search mimics popular 3rd-party apps like Shazam and SoundHound. But rumor has it that the final release version of Jelly Bean will install Sound Search as a native application, bringing both increased speed and closer ties with other Google services.
Of course, we won't know the final details until Jelly Bean's release, said to be scheduled for mid-July...
|Not much to see here. Move along.|
Hate to wait? You're in luck; XDA vets ripped Sound Search from Google's developer preview of Android 4.1. In addition to flashable .zip files for the ROM crowd, a variety of APK's are also available, including both root-only and non-root, plus one where the widget is transparent.
Acting on the principle of 'Why not?', MobilePhonesFan is providing links to all available Google Sound Search APKs. These APKs have been tested and seem to work on most devices running Android v4.x -- in other words, any rev from 'Ice Cream Sandwich' through the Jelly Bean dev preview.
Download links are below. We suggest checking all of them before picking the best one for your application. As always, ymmv. Also, please note that some Android phones require you to rename the installation file, from 'apk' to zip'. If the links break, we'll revise or change them as needed.
While you're at it, you might also want to try the new Jelly Bean update to Google's Android Play Store. This revision (v3.7.11) brings more content in the form of television shows and magazine downloads, plus a long-awaited 'Buy Now' option for Google Play movies.
via: No-root APK (mirror list); XDA (misc. alternate APKs)
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