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How to install Jelly Bean's Google Ears or Google Sound Search widget on your ICS phone or tablet

A step by step guide
July 17, 2012

When Android 4.1 Jelly Bean was unveiled at Google I/O 2012, a lot of features and improvements were demonstrated for the audience. One worth mentioning is Google Sound Search, also know as Google Ears.

This new feature is a widget that detects music playing in your surroundings and tells you what you are listening to. Google Ears is very much like SoundHound or Shazam, but with added features, the most convenient of which is that of being able to buy the Ears-recognized music directly from the Google Play Store.  Neither Shazam nor SoundHound offers this kind of access to the Google Play Store.

Thanks to XDA Developers member asdfzz, the Google Ears widget has now been ported and made to work in Android phones or tablets running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.  Follow the guide below to install this widget on your Android.


  • The instructions in this guide are intended for use with any Android smartphone running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Applying these instructions on another device or model may produce undesired outcomes.
  • The information in this guide is provided for instructional and educational purposes only. There is no guarantee that these instructions will work under your specific and unique circumstances.
  • Use these instructions at your own risk. We shall not hold any responsibility or liability for whatever happens to you or your device arising from your use of the info in this guide.
  • Read and understand the whole guide first before actually performing the instructions.


  • Any Android smartphone running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Any file manager app installed on your phone. You can try Astro File Manager or ES File Explorer from the Google Play Store absolutely free.
  • Fully charged battery or at least 70% battery left.
  • Enable Unknown Sources on your phone. You can do this by heading to Settings > Security > Unknown Sources. Make sure that there is check mark beside that option.
  • Backup all personal data on your phone to make sure you have a copy of your personal data (e.g., contacts, SMS, MMS, Internet settings, Wi-Fi passwords, and the like) in case the procedure in this guide erases such data.


  1. Download either the standard Google Ears APK file (GoogleEars-signed.apk, 646 kB) or the transparent Google Ears APK file (GoogleEars-transp_signed.apk, 641.64 kB).
  2. Copy the downloaded APK file to your phone’s SD card.
  3. Open the file manager application on your Android device and browse for the Google Ears APK file that you have copied.
  4. Select the APK file to begin installing it on your phone. It may take less than a minute to finish installing.
  5. After the installation is complete, head back to your homescreen. Long press on any empty part of the homescreen to bring up the Widgets option. Select the Google Sound Search widget and add it to your homescreen.
  6. Make sure you activate your Internet connection so you can use Google Sound Search

Congratulations! You have installed the Google Ears or Google Sound Search widget on your Android device. Give it a try and tell us what you think of the new feature.