Facebook is working on a new app for Android and iOS devices which will send users breaking news from leading publishers.
A short one liner, probably 100 characters or more will be created by the news publishers which will be sent to users as soon as the news breaks. People can click on the breaking news story which will directly take them to the publisher’s website on their mobile browser. They can read the entire story there or just be happy with the breaking alert.
Sounds exceptionally familiar, right? The concept is really close to what Twitter is already doing except for the fact that it is being pioneered by Facebook this time.
The number of people who read news on the social networking app has grown to humongous numbers that they had to divert their attention towards the community. Earlier, the company rolled out a feature that allowed reputed publishers to post instant news on the site which delivered content with almost no loading times. Videos were revamped so that they play instantly when users scroll through them.
While these efforts were limited by the website, the new dedicated Facebook breaking news app is going to enjoy much more freedom. If rumors are true, the app will be designed to be a news provider rather than a social networking platform which creates space for the app to grow in the near future.
At first, only a select number of popular publishers will be allowed onboard before newcomers could join the lot. The news service is something no big tech firm could miss. Google did it with Google News, there’s Twitter and when millions of people read news on Facebook, it’s not surprising to see the company create an app to boost their user base.
The idea is still in Alpha, confirmed Business Insider but it will eventually reach beta testers and consumers later on.