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Jelly Bean Widget Google Sound Search Comes To ICS

You are in a pub, with your friend, spending your weekend evening, when you hear a song which you really like but you do not recognize the song. You immediately take out your Android smartphone, point it towards the source of the music and within seconds every detail that you need to know is displayed on your phone screen.

This scenario is familiar to many of us who have third party applications such as Shazam or SoundHound installed in our Android smartphones. These third party apps have made life that much easier for all the music buffs out there, who no longer have to worry their heads off trying to know the name or artist of an unknown piece of music.

These apps are great, but they do lack that one crucial feature that would have made them the complete music recognition application. The ability to let you purchase the music from an online store from within the app.

The shortcoming of these third party apps has, however, been overcome by Google in it’s latest operating system, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Jelly Bean features, what is called Google Ears” or Google Sound Search. This feature is utilized via a homescreen widget on a phone running Jelly Bean. The task of this widget is the same as that of those third party music recognition apps, Shazam and SoundHound.

Slide the home screen to bring the “What’s This Song” widget to the front, then point the device towards the source of the music. The widget recognizes the song within minutes. The ability of the widget, however, does not end here. The widget now gives you the option to download the song from the Google Play Store.  All in a single widget.

Now the best part. Thanks to a XDA-developer member, asdfzz, the “What’s This Song” is now available even on phones running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

All you have to do is download the Google Sound Search APK and install it like you install any third party application. Add the widget to your home screen and you are ready to go.