Facebook officially unveils its Paper app

The morning paper might never be the same again with the introduction of Paper by Facebook for iOS devices.

It has launched, but isn't available to download just yet. So we'll have to wait before we can give a proper hands-on view of this. But on 'paper' (sorry), it looks like an impressive app, especially if you spend a lot of time browsing your Facebook feed.

That's really what underpins this, but you'll see that in a very different light. The new app offers a 'full-screen' viewing experience, which will harness both your Facebook news feed and curated content on offer from Facebook, said to cover photography, sports, food, science and design. I know, the usual big-name sites to choose from, although Facebook is promising content from 'emerging voices', so your favourite blogs might make the cut. Saying that, Facebook says 'trusted' publications will be easy to spot, which presumably means they'll have more precedence.

As you would expect from this kind of app, you can swipe through articles easily, with the option to tilt your phone for panoramic imagery. Visual appeal is very much to the fore here. Videos will auto-play too, which is either a good or bad thing, depending on where you are and how much data allowance you have.

But all in all it looks an impressive app, but perhaps only if you enjoy browsing your Facebook feed. If you're more of a Twitter person, perhaps stick with your current news reader of choice. It hits the US on 3 February, likely to be in the UK before the month is out.

Source: Engadget

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