Facebook introduces New Weather App in Desktop site and Mobile app

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Facebook is building a full-fledged weather tool into its app

11 February, 2017

Facebook recently added a new Weather section to its mobile app, and eventually weather forecasts will make their way to your newsfeed. The feature began rolling out on Wednesday, and you can find it in the News Feed on your computer or in the section of the mobile app where you can find "Friends", "Groups", "Events", and "Pages".

It shows the weather highs and lows, along with a more general forecast - such as whether it will be sunny, cloudy, rainy or stormy. Like other weather apps, it will also give an option to users to search for other locations. The feature was integrated in Facebook's Android and iOS app, but it's also available on the web version, according to Tech Crunch.

"Facebook confirmed that the new feature was launched to around 95 percent of its global population this week", the report noted.

Facebook has also introduced an option to get the weather notifications. It also plans to allow users to set notifications about the weather with another update coming at the end of this month.

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Facebook really wants you never to leave its network, whatever the occasion. Needless to say, the forecast is displayed only after users enable location services. However, unlike standard weather apps, you will not be able to scroll through different cities from one screen. You no longer have to leave Facebook to find out.

Unfortunately you can not swipe through multiple locations, so if you want to change to a different location you have to go back to the settings button each time. Users can also select whether they want to see the forecast in Celsius or Fahrenheit (as shown in the image below). It's nothing groundbreaking and that may be why Facebook didn't even bother releasing a formal press release about the new addition.

According to company's spokesperson, the objective behind the new weather section is "to develop products that connect people to the things they care about most".

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