Facebook Debuts App Dedicated to Notifications
Facebook today announced Notify, an app meant to help deliver timely notifications about news, happenings, and goings-on directly to mobile devices. The app lets people follow what it calls "stations" across a broad range of categories, including sports, weather, trailers, news, and so on. Facebook has partnered with several dozen information sources for content and hopes to add more over time. People can create their own list of interests, but Facebook will make suggestions based on the details shared in user profiles. Notifications are sent to the lock screen, where they can be opened, dismissed, saved, or shared. The app includes its own browser for reading web-based articles and playing video. Notifications can be pushed to others via text, email, and Facebook. The app saves all notifications for a period of 24 hours so users can go back to see what they may have missed. Notify is free to download from the iTunes App Store.
Facebook Has Shuttered Its Notify App
Facebook has closed Notify, an app it debuted last November to provide push notifications for breaking news and other content. Facebook notified Notify users this week that the app would be closed as of June 2.
Facebook Adjusts Mobile Notifications
Facebook today said it is rolling out redesigned mobile notifications for its Android and iOS apps. Moving forward, people will be able to add important information to their notifications, all of which can be viewed in a single place in Facebook.
Facebook Releases 'Lite' App for Android Phones
Facebook today announced Facebook Lite, a version of the social network that uses less data and will work on less-robust network connections. The Facebook Lite app is just 1MB to install, and Facebook claims it loads quickly and offers core features, such as News Feed, status updates, photos, and notifications.
Facebook Debuts Instant Articles for Faster News
Facebook unwrapped a new service for publishers this week called Instant Articles. According to Facebook, it takes an average of eight seconds to load articles on smartphones through the newsfeed.