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Google releases standalone Sound Search widget to Canadians (Update)

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Google has released a standalone version of its Google Play Sound Search widget for Android devices, and the good news is that it works in Canada.

While Google hasn’t yet brought music downloads or All Access streaming to Canada, the sound search functionality — similar to Shazam or Soundhound — was disabled within Google Now.

It’s now possible to download Sound Search and place the widget on your home- or lockscreen and quickly identify sounds. I tested it with a number of songs and it worked quickly and accurately every time. While it doesn’t quite replace Shazam for me, especially since its recent update, it’s a good indicator that Google is at least close to bringing some sort of paid music functionality to Canadian Android users.

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What’s interesting is that the traditional means of accessing this information — by asking Google Now, “What’s this song?” — is still not available in Canada.

Update: Looks like it’s not showing up for everyone, but your best bet is to access the Google Play link from a browser and push it to your phone. We’ve released a short Instagram video explaining how to do that.

Update #2: Sorry, guys, looks like it’s gone.


(Thanks Benji!)

  • silver_arrow

    Just checked the Play Store on my phone and online and I still get that its not available in my country yet.

    • Eduardo

      Yup, same here (just a few minutes ago)

  • Eduardo

    I am 100% sure this has been available for a while (unless it’s functionality changed). I am certain I have used it before, early last year in fact, when my Nexus S was still usable, but I stopped using it because it wouldn’t keep a history of tagged songs. (upon re-reading I get that the report is on the shave alone widget, but it used to work in Canada before)

    • MrMastodonFarm

      Yeah, I had it briefly on my Nexus s when it went to upgrade to 4.0 ICS, but never used it and can’t remember when it was gone, maybe 4.1 jellybean.

      And oh yah mobilesyrup… It’s not available to Canadians in Google play..

  • Shawn Fennell

    nexus 4 and nexus 7 are both NOT compatible! :( Boo!

    • robg

      The app isn’t compatible with your n4 and n7 because they already have a newer version of the app installed, it is just disabled by default by Google due to your country. If your devices are rooted you can defrost the app using Titanium Backup or possibly via other similar apps.

  • robg

    “This item isn’t available in your country” for me here in Vancouver.

    It’s funny though, if I defrost the stock Sound Search for Google Play app that comes with 4.3 and older Android versions but is disabled in Canada it is version 1.1.9, the one on the app store is 1.1.8.

  • Guest

    It’s actually not available… ?

  • Renault Cartier

    Not available in Montréal

  • Merags

    I just got it, though Im not sure how. It said not available on my phone, I went on the google play website and I was signed out, so I signed in and got it sent to my phone (nexus 4) before device compatibility fully loaded, then I got error “this app already exists” on my phone, which sent me to the widget on the play store, and i just had to click enable.. and now i have it? lol

    • robg

      Makes sense, I’ve found that many apps that aren’t available in your country through the play app on the phone are installable if you can find them on the play website and then install them remotely.

  • ConsciousConsumer

    Not compatible with my Z Ultra or Galaxy Note…?

  • JohnnyZed

    Interestingly, it’s not compatible with any of my devices. Which include a Nexus 4, two generations of Nexus 7, and a Nexus S. Yeaaaaaah.

  • Shūji Kiritani

    Bottom of article “What’s interesting is that the traditional means of accessing this information — by asking Google Now, “What’s this song?” — is still not available in Canada.”

  • Josh Brown

    I have had this for months.

  • d a

    I’m betting anything they will screw this up just like they have all their apps in the past year or so. All they seem to care about lately is ads and making money, not actually giving users a good experience. All of the sudden Apple doesn’t look so bad anymore.

  • djino

    Can’t install on the Note 3

  • Ben

    Can’t install on my Fido N4, app not available in country on phone and no elligible device in play store on my PC… I remember when I first opened my N4 it originally had this widget. I used it once, it froze, and disappeared forever. Can’t install this. :(

  • jack

    This has always been available on my Nexus 4, I have used it many times in the past year, even now just tried it and works great. never knew this was “not available ” in Canada.

  • Vineet Sharma

    It says “This app is incompatible with all of your devices.”
    I own these following devices…

    Samsung Galaxy Nexus
    Asus Nexus 7
    Nexus One
    Looks like Google does not like its Own Nexus Line :-(

    • jack

      Works fine with my Nexus 4 in Toronto

  • Alex Prawecki

    Not working. Says it’s incompatible with all my devices (Samsung Galaxy S3 and Nexus 7)

  • Stalemate

    Apparently incompatible with my Motorola Atrix 4G (running Jelly Bean 4.2.2), my Nexus 7 tablet (4.3.1) and my Pivos Xios DS (ICS 4.0.4 media player).

  • Thomas Ramsay

    just checked the play store on my browser and phone and is still not available

  • 4ChanApologist

    If you’ve added a US address to your account (or bought a prepaid visa gift card and made up a US address to go with it) you can download this already. It’s called “Google Ears”.

    This method doesn’t fix the issue with Google Now telling you it’s unsupported in your country, but you can still use the widget.

  • CrazyFish

    Says it’s not compatible with either of my devices, I have a Nexus 4 and 7, I tried through the browser.

  • PositivelyShocking

    Tried on my phone and computer, says it’s incompatible. Tried using Hotspot Shield as well to say I was in the US, and it still didn’t work.

  • @keivan7

    tried through a browser but still the message is:

    This app is incompatible with all of your devices.

    Bell LGE Nexus 4

    Bell Samsung GT-I9000

    Samsung GT-P3113

  • TK

    So what happened at the google event last night?…..

  • Patrick Lauria

    Does anyone know where I can find the wallpaper shown in this post? I have to have it. Thanks!

    • rivard35

      search note 3 wallpaper, its a note 3 default wallpaper

  • Stuntman06

    This widget is 4 times the size of my SoundHound shortcut. A waste of space.

  • Dave

    Perhaps it will roll out when they roll out Google Play Music in Canada.

  • Sat Seetal

    I want one asap!!!

  • disqus_WEweFbrOBF

    Yep apps

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