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Google Sound Search APK now available for download, unofficially


The recently concluded Google I/O showed us Android 4.1 and the Nexus 7 tablet among other things. In all fairness, Jelly Bean is by no means a major update. This is evidenced by the fact that Google is rolling out an update to the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus and the Motorola XOOM tab within a month. Even though Google didn’t bring anything monumental to the table, some of the features of Jelly Bean are worth mentioning. As we covered in one of our earlier posts, it brings an updated version of Face Unlock and a more functional notifications bar. Another feature worth noticing was Sound Search. This, as the name sounds is a Shazam killer, built right into the OS. And now, the app has been made available for all, not officially though.

Available as an APK, Google Sound Search is better than your ordinary song tagging app. A user named Ibrfabio over at XDA has managed to make this new app available for all devices running on Ice Cream Sandwich. Unfortunately, the app is not compatible with devices running on Gingerbread or lower. Regardless, it’s a pretty cool app and a must have for all music lovers. Once a song is tagged, tapping it will take you to the Play Store listing of the song where you can purchase it. The widget in particular is a great addition to your smartphone. In real world comparison with the Shazam widget, the Sound Search widget excels in almost all departments. My only gripe with this is that there’s no search history stored, so users have to make sure they write down the title and the artist of the song as soon as they tag it, because tagging a new song instantly overwrites the existing tag. I hope this will be fixed with subsequent updates.

Head over to either of the mirrors below to download the APK.

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Source: XDA

Via: Android Police