SoundHound to be Embedded into HTC’s Androids



SoundHound’s become quite the popular music discovery service up against Shazaam, and it looks like it’s poised to become even popular as SoundHound and HTC have announced a partnership to get the service into all of HTC’s Android phones, with the first devices to be the Desire Z and Desire HD. HTC states additional handsets will be supported in the near future, but wasn’t too clear on if this would include all previous handsets, a few select previous handsets, or only handsets going forward. We’ve made contact to get that cleared away. Until then, the press release awaits you below for your reading pleasure.

SoundHound Announces Global Partnership with HTC

SoundHound’s music search & discovery to be embedded in HTC Android devices

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SoundHound Inc., the revolutionary sound search company, and HTC Corporation, a global designer of smartphones, today announced a partnership to embed SoundHound’s music search and discovery application in HTC’s handsets. Initially beginning in Europe, the partnership will expand to other regions in the future.

“Partnering with HTC to make SoundHound available on HTC’s Android handsets is a great win for both companies,” said Amir Arbabi, vice president, business development, SoundHound Inc. “SoundHound makes music search and discovery on mobile devices fast, accurate and delightful. Working with a global innovator like HTC extends our leadership as we continue to expand the adoption of our technologies and services around the world.”

“HTC is focused on improving the mobile experience for our customers and a key part of that is with music,” said John Wang, chief marketing officer, HTC Corporation. “We are excited to be working with SoundHound, a leader in music search and discovery to raise the bar for the search and discovery of music on HTC phones.”

The first series of HTC handset models enabled with SoundHound are HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z. Additional handsets will be supported in the near future.

About SoundHound Inc.

SoundHound delivers innovative technologies and compelling user experiences in sound recognition, revolutionizing the way people interact with connected devices.

SoundHound’s breakthrough Sound2Sound technology searches sound against sound, bypassing traditional sound to text conversion techniques even when searching text databases. Sound2Sound has resulted in numerous breakthroughs including the world’s fastest music recognition, the world’s only viable singing and humming search, and instant-response large scale speech recognition systems.

SoundHound has produced multiple award-winning applications in music and voice search on platforms including iOS, Android, Windows Mobile and Symbian devices. SoundHound also has numerous partnerships with global companies, including leading device manufacturers and operators.

Headquartered in San Jose, California, SoundHound is backed by leading Silicon Valley investors, including Global Catalyst Partners, TransLink Capital and Walden Venture Capital. For more information, visit

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. I’m glad it’s SoundHound and not Shazam! SoundHound is so much better in every way.

  2. SoundHound is a nice little app but I don’t get integrating it. If you want it just download it. Why more bloat. HTC phones are way too bloated as is when they ship.

    Please, HTC, if i want a program I’ll just download it. Skip the bloat.


  3. Agreed…but it’s HTC’s right…I don’t agree with it though but as long as Google leaves stock android alone from super bloatware all is fine.

  4. soundhound is nice, BUT I WILL PICK MY OWN APPS DAMNIT! i don’t need to be FORCED to get an app, its wrong in my point of view. HTC could make 100 partners and force 100 apps on my phone, i’ll still just root for the simple purpose of getting away from that…

  5. But I like Shazam….

  6. If this app comes pre-installed, does that mean it will be in the /data/app directory; can it be uninstalled? The last thing I want is apps like Footprints, Teeter, Gallery3D etc clogging up my would-be free space…

  7. My housemate has it on his Desire HD, no it cannot be simply uninstalled..

  8. does this mean that the full service will be free? i just paid for mine last Friday!

  9. No it is the limited version with a number of uses per month.

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