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Facebook Releases New Weather App

11 February 2017, 12:45 | Elizabeth Houston

Say hello to your new weather app, Facebook

Facebook can now replace your weather app

Facebook's new app will tell you what the weather is like outside while you're obsessing over the latest on social media.

Users can access the feature from the News Feed or the mobile app's "More" section, which includes areas like Friends, Events, Groups, Pages and Saved content. Even though the weather section would show the default weather of the user's current location, users can add other locations by tapping on the Settings menu. Likewise, Facebook has also stated that there will be a desktop weather app and will be rolled out in March.

The new feature is an upgraded iteration of Facebook's "weather greetings", and the company confirmed that it has already launched it to about 95 percent of its worldwide population as of this time, TechCrunch reports. Facebook will also allow users to turn on notifications for weather reports, although this feature is now in the testing phase and won't be widely available until closer to the end of the month. The thought that is the News Feed weather greeting and the notifications about weather should also be released on both iOS and Android by the end of this month.

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As previously mentioned, the information displayed is powered by Weather.com's API, and Facebook gives it its due credit, proffering users a link at the nether part of the page if they want expanded weather information. Whether you're trying to check (real) news or looking for help in a disaster, Facebook is making it possible for you to do all those while staying within the comfy confines of its social network. Users will have to instead laboriously change the location by returning to the settings menu and invoking the necessary action.

An option to "see more weather info" at the bottom of the screen will take users directly to Weather.com. Below you will see a short description of the weather outside and a 24-hour timeline with temperatures and conditions. Users can also select whether they want to see the forecast in Celsius or Fahrenheit (as shown in the image below). You no longer have to leave Facebook to find out.

"We are doing this because our goal is to develop products that connect people to the things they care about most and create moments of joy in people's day, like simply telling you that it's going to rain later", a Facebook spokesperson was quoted as saying.



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