The social networking giant, Facebook, launched a new standalone app called Notify to give users customized notifications on their smartphones.
The new app unites news notifications and alerts to create a single livestream on the lock screen. Notify will send a notification to users whenever a participating publisher posts a content. You will have access to news in real-time.
iOS only app
Notify app is currently available on iPhones only and is meant for reading customizable breaking news, information and entertainment push notifications. It lets you select from more than 70 publishers and allows you to customize the alerts. The live feed of alerts is similar to a curated Twitter feed.
Plenty of stations and categories
The app contains several news categories you can sign up for and within those categories; you can sign up for the stations such as movie trailers, local weather forecasts, end-of-game sports updates and many more. Notify debuted with over 70 stations and launch partners include Wired, Vogue, Vice, Getty Images, CNN, ABC, Comedy Central etc.
Notify is not a news reader app
The notifications include a snippet of information and a link within the notification will send you to the publisher’s mobile webpage. You can also save the content to read later or share it with others through Facebook. Notify is not a news reader but is provider of all kinds of content you are interested in, for example, music videos from Vevo or daily deals from Groupon.
Some useful insights about Notify:
Publisher: Facebook, Inc.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Version: 1.0.0
Size: 15.9 MB
With notify app, Facebooks seems to go far beyond news as the app already features sections for daily deals, local weather and health tips. There are nice opt-in options to filter out updates you don’t care about. It gives you control over what pops up on your lock screen. Notify is another example of Facebook’s efforts to expand its reach.
Though the app is available for iOS only but we can expect it to come to other platforms in near future.
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