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

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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]

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56 months ago
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...
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56 months ago
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.
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56 months ago

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
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56 months ago
I don't even have the facebook app on the phone. No way it goes on my watch. That would simply be too distracting.
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56 months ago

That could mean a bit of a boost for the :apple:Watch..... on account of the social-interaction-hungry crowd anyway.

For the first 5 minutes, until they realize that this is pointless and take out their phones.
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56 months ago

......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 ('https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/jony-ive-shares-thoughts-on-design-fashion-and-apple-watch-in-met-gala-interview.1970940/page-4#post-22866115').
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