Facebook is adding a hint of Shazam to its flagship applications for iOS and Android in the form of an optional feature that allows users to use the microphones on their devices and identify songs, television shows, or movies for inclusion in status updates.
Structured Status Updates
Context is key, and Facebook is running a test on its flagship iOS application in which users will see what it calls context cards, which appear over their News Feeds and provide detailed information after they check in or link to subjects such as movies or songs in status updates.
Facebook Android App Update Includes Privacy Settings Icon, Structured Status Updates, Ability To Edit Posts
The privacy settings icon we reported on Wednesday is part of a minor update Facebook released for its Android application, and sister blog Inside Facebook reported that the update also extends the availability of structured status updates, as well as the ability for users to edit their status updates.
Facebook released version 6.2 of its application for iOS devices, adding the structured status updates that were previously available only on desktop or via the social network’s mobile site, as well as the ability to edit who can see content users have shared, even if that content was shared in the past.
You know those status updates that say that someone is watching “Game Of Thrones” or eating McDonald’s? Now users can post these updates from mobile. Sister site Inside Facebook reported Tuesday that Facebook recently allowed users on mobile web (not the native Facebook application) to post these more visual status updates.
If you’ve noticed more friends posting colorful status updates and more descriptive emoticons in comments, you’re not alone. Facebook announced Wednesday that it is adding more support for emoji — a standardized set of emoticons and picture characters.