I noticed an update for an app I didn’t have installed on my Nexus 4 today. The app called Google Play Sound Search and is part of Google Search, I installed the update and added the new Sound Search widget. Google Play Sound Search is a widget for Android that will listen to music playing and then tell you the song name and artists and then purchase the track from Google Play Music. I gave it a quick try and it seems to work pretty fast, faster than the Shazam app which has similar features. I like being able to quickly identify a music track but the app does lack some of the details you get from Shazam.
The app is free from the Google Play Store
The Google Play Sound Search widget can help you recognize music and songs playing around you. You can:
-Identify songs, directly from your homescreen
-Purchase identified songs straight from Google Play, and add them to your Play Music library
-Keep a song identification history, synced across all of your Android devices, so you can purchase a song later
-Add the widget directly to your lockscreen, so you can recognize songs even faster (for devices running Android 4.2)
After you’ve installed the Google Play Sound Search widget, go to the widget picker and drag the Sound Search widget onto your homescreen. Click on the widget to start recognizing.
Ian Dixon is a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional), founder of TheDigitalLifestyle.com tech site and producer of the weekly The Digital Lifestyle Show podcast. Ian has been writing and talking about Windows for over 10 years and has over 20 years in IT as an IT Manager. Ian has thousands of followers on Twitter and Facebook and over 4 million views on his YouTube channel.