How to Install Google Ears from Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on Android 4.0+ Devices

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Jelly Bean Android 4.1 was unveiled with many new features and improvements, one of which was Google Sound Search, or Google Ears as Google calls it, which is a widget that detects music playing in your surroundings and then tells you what you are listening to, much like what apps like Shazam or Soundhound do. And thanks to XDA Forum Member asdfzz, the Google Ears widget is available for and can be installed on any device running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as well, along with any device that is running a port of Jelly Bean.

If you’d like to try Google Sound Search aka Google Ears out on your Android device running an Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 ROM, simply follow the guide below.

How to Install Google Ears on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs

  1. [Important] Make sure you have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or Android 4.1 Jelly Bean running on your device. This will not work on previous Android versions like Gingerbread.
  2. Download the Google Ears APK file from the link below:
    Download Google Ears | Filename: GoogleEars-signed.apk
  3. Copy the GoogleEars-signed.apk to the SD card on your device.
  4. You’ll need a file manager to browse through SD Card. If you don’t have one already, use this file manager (install for free from your current Google Play Store/Android Market app).
  5. Enable “Unknown sources” under Settings » Security on the device, so that you can install applications from SD Card.
  6. Open the file manager app and go to where you transferred the APK file in Step 3.
  7. Find and tap on the file to begin installation procedure and it will be installed in less than a minute. That’s it.
  8. After installation completes, you can add the widget on your homescreen by long pressing on the homescreen in an empty area, then selecting the Google Sound Search widget under Widgets.

Google Ears aka Sound Search is now installed on your Android 4.0 running device. Try it out, and let us know how it works for you, in the comments below.

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  • Chris170569

    The first time I installed it, it wasn’t with the other widgets, had to reinstall it a second time, My phone informed that reinstalling would replace an exisitng file,i reintalled anyway and this time it was present.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lsferraz Luis Felipe Ferraz

    Can anyone help me to solve this problem. I dont have sound Search, but when i’m goin to install it,, Jelly Bean says that I already have it, but i dont!!!!!!!

    • Felipe Ghizzi

      I thought it was a problem of the Brazilian version of the Jelly Bean, but I see that I am not alone ..

    • http://www.facebook.com/Lynch24 Lorenzo Bette

      Same problem.. How did you fix??

  • http://twitter.com/betafan7 betafan7

    long pressing on home screens in 4.0 or 4.1 brings up wallpaper only. widgets are in app drawer :)