Should you wished to establish a music on Android, you had a few good choices – SoundHound or Shazam. Both worked well, but were a bit slow and often included annoying ads. Now there’s a new option – and it comes straight from Android creator Google. It’s called Google Sound Search, and it works in just the same way, allowing you to effortlessly send music from your surroundings to Google for identification.
It worked beautifully in my testing, and may indicate that Google’s monolithic servers have a better working database than its competitors – after all, Google Music has gotten pretty massive as of late!
The feature comes standard in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, as found on the Galaxy Nexus and forthcoming Nexus 7, but has been ripped for users of Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 4.0. The app comes in the form of a widget that can be added to your home screen, and seems to work quite well.
Of course, installation isn’t quite as easy as some other leaked applications (like S Voice). As it requires an audio library to be pushed to the system/lib folder, the .apk install isn’t incredibly easy to perform. Perhaps the nicest way of doing it is via the flashable zip file, which will install it rather seamlessly using ClockWorkMod recovery. Of course, you need to be rooted to install the app via either method, so be careful!
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