May 21, 2014
Updated below. Facebook plans on unveiling a new service today that can identify television shows and music playing in the background. The new software will come via a Facebook app update, according to 9to5Mac. Similar to Shazam, Facebook’s new feature “is said to be integrating the feature so Facebook users can more easily share what music they are listening to or what TV show they are currently watching to their Timelines.” The new service is set to arrive via Facebook's apps for iOS and Android. Last month, Bloomberg reported that Apple will partner with Shazam to bring a song ID feature to iOS 8. Specifically, the feature will allow users to call on Siri to ask the name of the song that’s currently playing. It's been a busy time for Facebook on the mobile front in recent weeks. On Sunday, The Financial Times said Facebook is working on a Snapchat competitor, internally known as Slingshot. Last year, Snapchat turned down Facebook's $3 billion acquisition offer for the instant messaging and video calling company. Last month, the social network removed its Poke and Facebook Camera apps from the App Store. You can download the official Facebook app for iOS on the App Store. For more Facebook news, see: Facebook Removes The Annoying Auto-Share Feature In Instagram, and Not All Tech Acquisitions Are Created Equal As A New Infographic Shows. Update: Facebook has now confirmed this news: According to Facebook, this "feature will be available on Android and iOS in the US in the coming weeks. To learn more, visit our Help Center."