For users of the Facebook Android app, the notifications tab might be somewhere you spend a lot of time. Knowing this, the social network is aiming to make the tab a lot more useful, providing the user with more information than just what it offers now, and hoping to provide a better experience because of it.
Facebook is calling the new notifications tab something that’s more “expanded, personalized,” and based on the information announced in its official blog post, that seems to be the case. After the update rolls out, which Facebook is currently working on, Android app users will see more content within the notifications tab, all of which can be customized to fit what you want to see and, more importantly, what the user wants to get notified about.
That includes family and friends’ birthdays or other life events, but also includes sports scores and TV reminders, all based on information pulled from Pages that the user has liked in the past. The new notifications panel will also show information based on events that the user has signed up for.
If that’s not enough, Facebook will let users add even more information to the list of notifications. That includes even more information based on the user’s surrounding area, as long as they have Location History activated:
- Things happening around your community, like local events and news that is popular in the city you live in
- Weather updates, like current conditions and severe weather alerts
- Movies playing in theaters near you
- A list of nearby places to eat, with links to the places’ Facebook Pages and reviews
Notifications can be customized to the user’s liking so that they aren’t flooded with information, and only see what they want. Facebook also says that current notifications settings won’t change after the update arrives.
As far as the arrival date, Facebook simply says that it will roll out for Android (and iOS) in the U.S. gradually.