How To Install Google Ears Android 4.1 Jelly Bean On Ice Cream Sandwich Devices

Google took its wrapper off Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, the company unveiled a craft of new features, improvements and changes that has left the Android community either forced to grab the new Nexus 7 tablet, or to port the new release of the current smartphone. Pointed the Galaxy Nexus owners, who are lucky, and if not you can so still get the taste of Jelly Bean on your Ice Cream Sandwich phone right now.

In our previous post we shared you about on how to install the Jelly Bean version of the Google Play Store onto existing devices, but now it seems that it is also possible to install the Google Ears widget though.

If you are not aware of what is Google Ears? Google Ears is a widget that ties nicely into the Google Play Music store, allowing users to buy music based on the track that is currently playing in the background. How does it do that? Well, by copying Shazam, of course. You simply run the app and hold it up to a speaker, and it will identify the music you’re hearing.

Google Ears is itself is a widget that fixed there waiting for you to need it. When you hear a song that you aren’t aware of the name of, tapping the Google Ears widget will cause it to identify the track in question and display it on-screen. Album art and the usual details are displayed, with the price details of the track on Google’s own music store.

The widget works fine with all version of Android beyond the initial release of Ice Cream Sandwich, of course now present in Jelly Bean for those that either have a Nexus 7 already, or have ported and installed Android 4.1 on their Galaxy Nexus smartphones.

Google Ears expands this principle by tying into the Play Store, allowing you to purchase the identified song, and other similar tunes. The legendary folks at XDA forums have managed to extract Google Ears software from Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and managed it to run perfectly on Ice Cream Sandwich.

Installing the widget is just a case of copying the file across and changing some file permissions. Follow the instructions below:

Step 1: Root your Android device running 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Step 2: Download the Google Ears APK file from here.

Step 3: Now transfer apk to system / app directory.

Step 4: Change the permissions on the APK file to (rw-r–r–) .

Step 5: Transfer the lib to the system/lib directory.

Step 6: Change the permissions on lib to (rw-r–r–).

Step 7: Reboot your device.

Important to note that the non-rooted device users will only need to install this modified APK.

If you followed the steps correctly. You will now have Android 4.1 Jelly Bean’s Google Ears widget running on ICS smartphone. The whole process is explained in the XDA Developers thread that spawned the whole thing. Enjoy Google Ears on your device!