SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook announced its long-rumoured Flipboard competitor called Paper on Thursday, which will arrive for iOS on 3 February.
Paper will launch as a standalone app and is similar to Flipboard both in terms of design and functionality. Promising a full-screen, "distraction free" layout, the app will display your Facebook News Feed at the forefront, and you can choose topics to add to this, be it sport, music, science or food, for example.
Facebook explains, "Your Paper is made of stories and themed sections, so you can follow your favorite interests. The first section in Paper is your Facebook News Feed, where you'll enjoy inspiring new designs for photos, videos, and longer written posts.
"You can customize Paper with a choice of more than a dozen other sections about various themes and topics - from photography and sports to food, science and design. Each section includes a rich mix of content from emerging voices and well-known publications."
In terms of usability, Facebook promises that Paper will react to natural movements, allowing users of the app to casually thumb through stories and to tilt the screen to get a better view of images. The app will also launch with fullscreen autoplay videos, and the social network said that users will be able to preview their own stories and content before posting.
This news comes just hours after Facebook reported strong revenues for the fourth quarter of 2013, which it credited to its growing mobile presence.
Paper will be available from the iTunes App Store on 3 February in the US, but Facebook has yet to announce UK availability, or state whether there will be Paper apps for Android and Windows Phone. µ
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