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Facebook Inc. (FB) Tests Weather and Sports Updates on iOS and Android

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Facebook’s notifications tab could soon become your hub for all information

Facebook Inc. (NASDSAQ: FB) has rolled-out weather and sports updates to several users on both Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) iOS and Alphabet Inc.’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android, the two major mobile OS platforms.

The notification tab currently holds updates related to close friends, Pages that you’ve liked, and interaction on posts. In the similar vein, users can receive updates about weather, scores of their favorite sports teams, as well as notifications about events happening around them. The latest rumored update could see Facebook evolving into a platform which could prove to encompass all your need for information and updates of the things you care about, all in one place.

First of these changes is weather updates. Users would receive an initial greeting and weather card with basic updates on their News Feed, accompanied by a link to more detailed information. In the accompanying link, users would then be able to view detailed temperature, humidity, and other related information for the rest of the day.

The new notifications and updates would be subject to manipulation according to each user’s needs, similar to the way notifications are tailored for each user. If you would want, you could even turn the updates off. For example, an avid sports fan would love to receive notifications to keep him updated about his teams, but he might not care about what restaurants have opened nearby or which art gallery is hosting an exhibition.

The changes have rolled out to users with no similar geographical or social similarities, proof that a slow, deliberate testing process is underway before widespread application of the latest features. We’ll update the site with more news as soon as we get more word on the subject.

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