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Although a number of social networks have introduced scaled-down apps for the Apple Watch, the biggest holdout thus far has been Facebook. Thanks to a third party app called "Littlebook," Facebook users will now be able to browse their news feeds right from Apple's wearable device (via The Next Web).

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In addition to basic browsing, Littlebook lets users interact with posts by tapping to like things, and even includes full in-line photos and videos in the news feed. An offline mode lets users save articles to read later, and the app allows for transferring over to the iPhone with Handoff support, if the small size of the Apple Watch isn't enough for lengthy reads. There's also a voice dictation feature that can be used to post full status updates to your friends and family.

Reto Stuber, Littlebook's developer, does remind potential users that the app has its limitations due to the platform, including the fact that posts on the feed are limited to preview samples with no "read more" option, sharing and reactions are not yet supported, and YouTube videos won't work since playback is only supported by embedded Facebook videos at launch. Still, the developer promised that he tried his "best to recreate the Facebook-App experience," and Littlebook will continue to be supported with updates in the future.

Littlebook can be downloaded from the App Store for $2.99. [Direct Link]

Article Link: Third Party App 'Littlebook' Brings Facebook to the Apple Watch for $2.99
 

ipedro

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This is way too much interaction for the wrist. A Watch app should be brief in use. A notification and small subsets of actions — Like, quick share or save for later — are what a social media app on the wrist should do. It should be exceedingly simple and aim to be used for 10-20 seconds. This app is far too complex and in depth.
 

filmantopia

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Contrary to the other people commenting, there are many times I get Facebook notifications on my wrist, "so and so replied to your comment", and I want to at least see what the damn thing says. But getting to see a photo and comments would be great and totally useful to me.

People consistently misunderstand the watch, as they seem think "why would I do that on my wrist when I can do it on my phone?" But there are many situations, at least I, find myself I'm where it's not practical to grab my phone and look.

Maybe my phone is in my bag across the room and I'm sitting down. Maybe I don't want to disturb people around me. Maybe I don't have two idle hands. Etc. etc. etc.

Whether the app will actually work well on this version of the watch is another story...
 

macs4nw

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......People consistently misunderstand the watch, as they seem think "why would I do that on my wrist when I can do it on my phone?" But there are many situations, at least I, find myself I'm where it's not practical to grab my phone and look.

Maybe my phone is in my bag across the room and I'm sitting down. Maybe I don't want to disturb people around me. Maybe I don't have two idle hands. Etc. etc. etc.....
Precisely, and I too have made those points several times before, most recently two days ago.
 

NT1440

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I cannot fathom why I would want Facebook on my wrist. The only functionality I get out of it is news from a few select sources, and event invitations from friends. Beyond that, I wish Facebook would just go away.
 
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OriginalClone

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I cannot fathom why I would want Facebook on my wrist. The only functionality I get out of it is news from a few select sources, and event invitations from friends. Beyond that, I wish Facebook would just go away.
I don't understand why you dislike Facebook so much.
 
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Radeon85

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Must be a way to increase the text size on the news feed even just a bit. Being on the watch of course it's going to be small but at the moment it's extremely tiny. Open a word document put the text size down to about 3 points in size and try reading that.

The app at the moment it's pretty much unusable but if the text size could be increased then it would be a pretty nice app for the watch.
 

AbblePC

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Must be a way to increase the text size on the news feed even just a bit. Being on the watch of course it's going to be small but at the moment it's extremely tiny. Open a word document put the text size down to about 3 points in size and try reading that.

The app at the moment it's pretty much unusable but if the text size could be increased then it would be a pretty nice app for the watch.

On your iPhone, open the Watch app and under Brightness & Text Size adjust the slider while watching a notification on your Apple Watch and stop when you like the text size or is legible enough.

Or

On your Apple Watch push in the Crown and tap on Settings - Brightness & Text - Text Size and scroll the crown until the text size is legible or the size you want.
 

s15119

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I cannot fathom why I would want Facebook on my wrist. The only functionality I get out of it is news from a few select sources, and event invitations from friends. Beyond that, I wish Facebook would just go away.


I think this is intended for people who use and like Facebook.... sigh
 

MH01

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Not a Facebook fan, but would be interested to see a facebook users opinion how useful this is on a watch
 

OneMike

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This is way too much interaction for the wrist. A Watch app should be brief in use. A notification and small subsets of actions — Like, quick share or save for later — are what a social media app on the wrist should do. It should be exceedingly simple and aim to be used for 10-20 seconds. This app is far too complex and in depth.

Completely disagree with you. Maybe that's your interpretation of what an app should be. The same could be said for phone vs desktop.
 

TheMactrix

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This is way too much interaction for the wrist. A Watch app should be brief in use. A notification and small subsets of actions — Like, quick share or save for later — are what a social media app on the wrist should do. It should be exceedingly simple and aim to be used for 10-20 seconds. This app is far too complex and in depth.

I think you miss the point... just because one has an app on his/her watch... that is more "full-featured" than you deem prudent or necessary, does not mean that the app HAS TO BE USED 1000% of the time! I was at the most boring of political events tonight... watching all kinds of plastic people being "fake friends" with everybody as a few people I came with were walking around chatting up the candidates. It was all I could do to find an empty spot against a pillar and get buffeted by people as they squeezed by. I did not have my phone out as I probably would have dropped it and broken the screen. The Apple Watch was perfect for me. I just wish, that in a time like that, I had this app handy. Not that I would use it all the time, but it would be there. Oh, and in case anybody is curious... I bought it already... although I have not had a chance to run it yet. Life is about options... and $2.99 just bought me another one. ;-)
 
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