Facebook announced an update to its mobile app today, adding the ability to recognize any music or TV show playing in the background and quickly add that information into a status update. The new feature should be available on both iOS and Android handsets starting on Wednesday, Facebook told The Wall Street Journal.
The updated app works similar to music recognition services like Shazam, analyzing audio through your smartphone's microphone to identify songs and TV shows. Facebook will then offer the option to include that information to your status along with a link to Spotify or another relevant service so your friends can quickly preview the same content.
According to Facebook product manager Aryeh Selekman, the goal of this update is too "help people tell better stories," but it's hard to ignore the advertising possibilities. If Facebook knows what music you listen to and which shows you watch it can potentially offer even more specialized ad placement at an even higher price. Thankfully, the new feature needs to be manually turned on, and apparently can't understand your conversations.
For TV binge watchers and music fans who love to share, Facebook's new feature should make it even easier to broadcast the content they love. The update could also help the social giant compete with Twitter, which still dominates when it comes to offering a second-screen experience for watching TV. Whether Facebook's music and TV recognition really takes off remains to be seen, though we're curious to test the new feature out for ourselves and see how well it actually works.
The Galaxy S20 Ultra's Space Zoom camera is amazing and a bit creepy
The Galaxy S20 Ultra supports up to 100X zoom, which Samsung calls Space Zoom, but is it any good? Can a phone really product usable photos at 100x zoom? We've got our Galaxy S20 Ultra already so join us to find out!
Win an iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch with the Reader's Choice giveaway!
What's the best phone of 2019? Is it the iPhone 11 Pro, Pixel 4 or OnePlus 7T? What about the best laptop, games console, tablet and more? Vote NOW in the Reader's Choice awards and win BIG in time for the holidays!
Here are the best products from IFA 2019!
Here are the products announced at IFA 2019 that were worthy of our Best of IFA 2019 awards. Also featuring MrMobile's single best product at the show!
Bring your art into the next dimension with these 3D pens
3D pens are a lot of fun and can produce amazing results. We put together a list of our favorite 3D pens for you to try.