Facebook announced today that it had made some changes to its iOS and Android apps, designed to provide you with useful notifications cards based on your location. If you enable Location History in your settings, you will see news, events and happenings in your community; weather updates including current conditions and severe weather alerts; nearby restaurants including reviews and links to their Facebook pages; and movies playing in theaters close by.
Facebook subscribers will also see sports scores and television listings appear, based on Facebook pages that they liked. Birthday reminders will be sent out, along with other major events for Facebook users’ relatives and friends.
Keep in mind that this is all optional. Your current notification settings will not be changed with this update. An arrow to the right of each notification will allow you to customize the notifications, and there will be an “Add More Cards” link that you can click. The update will “gradually” make its way to the Facebook app for both iPhone and Android.
If this all sounds familiar, there are many similarities to Google Now. You can check out Facebook’s new notification feature for its mobile apps by clicking on the video below.