Most of you probably already know of apps like Shazam and SoundHound which recognize music for you. These are complete apps with many functions, some of which you probably will never use. Sound Search for Google Play gets back to the basics and offers you only what you need.
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Features & Use
Sound Search for Google Play isn't a real app, but a widget. The advantage of this is that you don't need to first start an app and press a button in order to recognize a song. You simply go to your home screen, tap on the widget and it will commence recognizing the song without delay. With devices running on Android 4.2 and higher, you’re even able to use the widget on your lock screen – very practical.
The files are continuously sent to Google Server and as soon as they have a match, they inform you immediately. Popular songs are generally recognized quicker: my record was 3 seconds.
I tested out the widget with 20 different songs: electronic dance music, Rock, Pop, Metal, Eletropop, Indie, Rap, Industrial and more. 16 songs were correctly recognized and a remix was recognized as the original song. There was a 83% success rate, which is pretty good. Google should know how to recognize music thanks to blocking on YouTube.
One practical side was that you once you've found a result, you're able to buy it directly off of the Play Store if it’s available. The price is shown directly. If you would rather purchase the song elsewhere or you would like to continue searching for other songs, you're able to return to the recognized music list later which is synchronized between all of your Google devices. Very practical!
Sound Search for Google Play is a very good and minimalistic widget that will help easily and quickly recognize music. The success rate for about 20 songs was at about 83% and I find this to be just fine. If you’re looking for something that doesn’t have too many bells and whistles, then definitely check out this widget on Google Play.
Screen & Controls
Sound Search for Google Play has intuitive controls and you can't do anything wrong. The design is also very well made.
Speed & Stability
Sound Search for Google Play worked quickly and stably. Even on 3G networks, there were no lags or delays.
Sound Search for Google Play can be installed for free from Google Play Store.