Facebook has is enhancing its mobile app with an audio recognition function. Like Shazam or SoundHound, the feature allows users to identify a song that’s playing using their device’s built-in microphone.
The function is intended to be used with a status update, allowing users to share what they are currently listening to.
Facebook’s new feature, which will be made available to users in the US over the next few weeks, can also recognise films and television shows.
Although many have commented that the app will compete with audio recognition apps like Shazam and SoundHound, The Verge has pointed out that the function is not meant purely for recognising audio, but to enhance a user’s ability to share what he or she is doing.
As Facebook describes in its official announcement, „if you want to share that you’re listening to your favorite Beyoncé track or watching the season premiere of Game of Thrones, you can do it quickly and easily, without typing.“
Together with the audio recognition function, Facebook also allows users to specify what they are doing, for example watching, eating, drinking or playing.
The feature will likely be used to draw more attention to the Facebook profiles of prominent artists, films and TV series.
Earlier this week, the social media giant announced plans to add a function whereby users could request information from each other, notably their friends‘ relationship status.