How to Get the Google Ears Song Search Widget on Your Android Device « Smartphones :: Gadget Hacks

Having the ability to decipher any song playing on the radio or during a commercial is a must for any music lover. This is what made Shazam so popular.

Well, the Google team took some notes from Shazam and created their Google Ears widget for Android devices. The widget listens to the currently playing song and provides the album image, song name, and a link to the song in the Google Play Store, making it easy to get the songs you want right away.

Google Ears is available on most devices running Jelly Bean 4.1 or later, but has been blocked in some regions. You also won’t get it if you have Ice Cream Sandwich or less. But, you can still have Google Ears, and you don’t even have to root your device!

Thanks to some developers from XDA-Developers, .apk files are available and can be installed without problems. You can download the regular or transparent versions using the links below.

Fair Push the .apk to system/app, fix permissions (rw-r–r–) and restart your device.

For international users, the process is slightly modified. You may need to move and delete some files, but this has been confirmed to work. See this article for more information and troubleshooting tips.

The full version of Shazam is $5.99 in the Google Play Store, which makes this widget even better.

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