Facebook Paper unveiled ahead of iPhone-only release

January 30, 2014
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We had been hearing about a new app coming from Facebook. The app, dubbed Facebook Paper was expected to be released sometime in the coming weeks, and well, an official announcement arrived this morning. The app is called Facebook Paper and sits with a tagline of "Stories from Facebook."

The app is only being introduced today, and will actually be available for download beginning on February 3rd. But with that, Android users may be in for a bit of disappointment. Facebook unveiled Paper with support only for the iPhone. In fact, there was no mention of Android, even as something coming in the future. Furthermore, Facebook Paper will only be available for those in the US.

Putting aside the bit about Facebook seemingly snubbing Android users, how about we shift to what Paper is. The app is described as one that lets users "explore and share stories from friends and the world around you." Paper will also have different stories and sections -- one of which will be a duplicate for regular Facebook users. That would be your Facebook News Feed, which is said to be listed as the first section in Paper.

Facebook will allow Paper users to do a bit of customizing, with options to choose and add different sections. The topics are said to range from "photography and sports to food, science and design." There was also mention about how each of these sections will include a mix of content from both "emerging voices and well-known publications."

Otherwise, some of the other features include the ability to go full-screen for those auto-playing videos and also being able to tilt your iPhone to see the "high-resolution photos from corner to corner." But again, Facebook Paper will be launching only with support for the iPhone.

SOURCE: Facebook


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  • Konshu

    I cannot figure out the excitement. What is the value add for this app?

    • http://www.linuxsystems.net Eric

      Hype.

  • http://franklinc.ca/ Franklin

    Facebook + iOS = Two things I don’t care for.

    Thanks for not bringing it to Android.

    • tango_r

      This is probably more like Home for iOS. Android got Home and iOS gets paper. IU don’t see any bias.

      • http://franklinc.ca/ Franklin

        Home is just a launcher. Therefore not possible on ios. This is a news app which is possible on android.

      • tango_r

        Seems there more to this story. Seems the team that developed this were ex apple employees who were already at a company that was developing an app similar to paper. Seems fb bought them and the app of course and released it after minor changes. If you use the app its still pretty raw and is far from areal Facebook experience missing almost all core FB features like messaging or notifications. Im sure an android version is in the works.

  • Bogdan Dumitru

    stupid deccision like always ….