Pack your bags Shazam and SoundHound, Google is here to take your place in the Google Play Store! Google’s Sound Search widget used to be only available to select devices running stock Jelly Bean, which is extremely limited when you consider the amount of Android devices that are actually out there. Simply because of the narrow availability the widget couldn’t pick up a whole lot of speed against apps like SoundHound or Shazam, but things have changed now, as Google has released the widget on the Play Store and is available for any device running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher.
There are many ways on how Sound Search has an advantage of Shazam and SoundHound, but a huge thing is that Sound Search is able to link you to music in the Play Store. This is possible because it all works through Google’s ecosystem, which Shazam and SoundHound do not have access too. Another cool thing that Sound Search offers is a way to search history that syncs across all of a users device. This way, you can identify a song while you’re in the car or at work, and then purchase and download the song while your at home over a Wi-Fi connection (don’t worry, songs can be downloaded via the mobile data network as well!).
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