Facebook today announced a new standalone iPhone app called Paper, and you’ll be pleased to hear it’s nothing like any of the Facebook apps that came before it. Paper’s main focus is to make all the news you’re interested in easy to access it, but it’s much more than just a newsreader; in fact, it does enough to replace the regular Facebook app for more users.
At first glance, Paper looks a lot like Flipboard. You’re greeted by a grid of stories, and you can scroll and flip through them to find the ones you’re interested in. But in addition to bringing you news from traditional stories — like TIME Magazine, The Huffington Post, or the New York Times — it also displays news from your Facebook news feed.
So you can keep track of what’s happening not only within your circle of friends, but also around the world. Paper lets you “like” and comment on stories from your news feed, browse photo albums uploaded by your friends, and watch videos — and you can even use it to upload your own posts.
Paper is customizable, so can tell it what kind of news you’re interested in, and that’s all you’ll see. It’s mainly controlled using some simple gestures, and it has some nifty effects and features, such as the ability to pan across wide photos by tilting your iPhone side to side.
Paper for iPhone will available to download on Wednesday, February 3. It will initially be available in the U.S. only, and there’s no word on support for other platforms just yet.
- Via The Verge