Facebook Notify launches for iOS, bringing users the latest news, media, and info

Last month we first started hearing whispers about the next app to join Facebook’s family of mobile software, with rumors talking about work towards the creation of a news-aggregating app dubbed Notify. Then last Wednesday those rumors started getting real specific about the company’s launch plans, claiming that we’d see Notify debut sometime this week. Well, one week to the day from that report arriving Facebook is making things official, announcing Notify as an iOS exclusive.

The easiest way to talk about Notify is as a “news” app, but there’s really more to it than just top headlines. Absolutely, you’ll find those there, but you can also choose from articles about new media, fashion trends, sports scores, and weather forecasts – just which notifications you’ll see depend on which individual sources you select to receive content from, and you can check out a bunch at a glance with broader “stations.”

Just like the app notifications you’re used to, content from Notify can show up on your lock screen to help make it easy to stay on top of what’s happening throughout your day, and when something particularly piques your interest, you can tap through to explore the subject in greater depth.

For now, at least, Notify is available only for the iPhone – and Facebook isn’t making any public promises about if and when we might see access spread to Android users. It’s also US-only, with no word on when international content might land to help make the app more appealing to a broader audience.

Source: Facebook

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!