Facebook Notify is basically an RSS app, and Facebook keeps ignoring Android

Facebook Notify is basically an RSS app, and Facebook keeps ignoring Android
Facebook's Notify app has been rumored for months and it has finally arrived. The app has been assumed to be Facebook's take on a news reader app, but in reality it appears to be a bit more than that; it's actually more of a Facebook-powered RSS app, just with far less content options than what you could get with a real RSS app. And, as we have assumed for a while, Facebook still doesn't recognize that Android is a platform, and so has only released the app for iOS.

The app itself works just like any RSS feed - you subscribe to the content that you want (Facebook calls these "stations"), then you'll be notified (hey! That's the name of the app!) when content arrives, and if you don't have time to consume said content it can be saved for later consumption. The potential benefit of Notify compared to other apps that do the same is that it can draw on your Facebook likes for content recommendations, so this could be an easier way to get going for anyone who hasn't set up a content feed anywhere else. 

Facebook is careful to not portray Notify as just another "news" app, because you can get more than just news, including video notifications from sources like ABC or Vevo, deals from Groupon, or weather updates from The Weather Channel. And, to that end, Facebook Notify is launching with 70 content partners, like video from Hulu and Comedy Central, news from the New York Times or The Verge, entertainment from People or E!, shouting matches from Fox News, "history" from the History channel, sports from Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated and more. 

As noted earlier, the app is only available for iOS right now, and there is no mention at all of when or if an Android version is in the works. Probably because a company of Facebook's size couldn't possibly afford to put the resources and man-power towards the platform that makes up 80+% of the mobile market. 


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7 Comments

1. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Probably a sub-part of the facecrook launcher...but not sure who desires facecrook to be eavesdropping on their RSS content.

2. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

BGR was right. NOT ONE tier one and/or up-and-coming developers care about Android at equal terms to iOS, or even think of developing for it, at apps (podcasts, Snapchat Lenses, Instagram Hyperlapse;) and this point is more poignant to game developers. Android games are basically iOS ports with more bugs and SIGNIFICANTLY more ads. Facebook here is not helping at all with this. *shakes head*

4. Zylam

Posts: 1815; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Because they make more money on iOS. It's all about money.

3. andregalvao

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

... and Facebook & phonearena keeps ignoring Windows Phone

5. Zylam

Posts: 1815; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Way more than just facebook and phone arena ignore Windows Phone.

7. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

i am glad it's not on android, Why on earth why i want notifications popping up none stop up stupid news through out the day? I check my news websites and google now cards in the morning and in the evening. Most of the time half of the stuff that was in the morning is still on the top meaning i really only need to check the news once a day to get all the details. The only time i will ever want a notification about news is when something crazy happens

8. Anupam-Chopra

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 09, 2015

Build a FB phone

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