Paper, an all new way to read Facebook on your iPhone, is coming Feb. 3

Facebook has today introduced its own take on a news app: Paper. It's coming February 3, but will be U.S. only at launch. Since this is a Facebook product, there's a healthy dose of your friends in there, with Paper first opening up on your Facebook News Feed. But – thankfully – there's more to it than that.

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.

From the video and the early press images we can see, Paper looks to be a beautifully designed application. Of course, it was spearheaded by Mike Matas who did the original photo apps for iPhone and iPad at Apple, so that's no surprise. There are a few hints of Flipboard in there for sure, but all-in-all we're looking forward to trying it out. There aren't exactly a shortage of apps to deliver us our own flavor of news, so it's going to be interesting to see how Facebook thinks it can do it better.

Hopefully it will expand beyond the U.S., and beyond just the iPhone in due course. For more on Paper, check out the promo video up top, and Facebook's official release at the source link below. We'll know much more come February 3, but at this early look; does this look like something you could get behind?

Source: Facebook PR, Facebook Paper page

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Paper, an all new way to read Facebook on your iPhone, is coming Feb. 3


Shame you can't add RSS as it might get old facebook users to reconnect? Just my thoughts and no UK loving just yet!

Looks very nice. Ill likely try it. A flip board user for a few years now i thought it interesting that there appeared to be a page flip gesture that Flipboard will not like. Unless they never bothered to patent it.

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I'll give this app mayyyybe a year and a half before they pull the plug. Not enough people use Flipbook, or read news articles posted to Facebook...unless it's about a cat, of course. But don't take my word for it! *Reading Rainbow music*

Looks nice but I barely have time to keep up with my RSS, FB, Twitter and Instagram feeds, which are 100% curated by me (i.e. not what someone else thinks I may be interested in, which 8 out of 10 times I'm not) so I doubt I'll be using this much. Unless there's an option to use it to read my newsfeed and various interest lists, all sorted by most recent, as I find the switching between FB feeds cumbersome, especially on mobile.

I'll give it a shot, if I can see most recent status' as well as news, it'll replace the standard Facebook app for me.

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I'll give it a shot, if I can see most recent status' as well as news, it'll replace the standard Facebook app for me.

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Same here, if it runs faster I'll use it as my main FB app. The thing about the app now is it's so slow and cluttered. Sometimes I really just want to see my News Feed and don't care about everything else.

Looks iOS only (at least for now. No Google play icon). I'll give it a try. I like flipboard, though at times I forget to check it.

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I love that Facebook lets Mike Matas play with interface at this level, on this level of product. Like Facebook Home, I'm not sure it's an interface that'll look as good in real life as it does in demo, but I can't wait to try it.

(My friends aren't as good looking at Mike and Loren's. Well, except for you guys...)

Any comment from Fifty Three about whether they think this will impact their iPad drawing app?

Impressive app design. Looks beautiful and I like how the transition between going through different pages, links and pictures seems to go very smoothly. I'm not sure it'll be one of the apps that I will really use everyday but I'll give it a try.

If there are no ads then I'll give it a cha...............pfffffttttt hahahaha...sorry I couldn't finish my sentence.

It's kind of like a mini iOS-verse with the new cards look and just overall design (guess we can thank Mike for that). I agree with previous posts, wonder if Flipboard ever decided to patent their page flips. It'll be interesting to hear their opinions on that. Overall, I'll give it a shot and if it's as good as it looks in the video demo then I'll be even more impressed!

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Wasn't there another app called Paper? I could've sworn I bought one with the same name.

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Only if I still used Facebook. I've actually stop using Facebook over 6 months ago. Not sure this is compelling enough to go back.

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It definitely looks good. As stated earlier, I too often sometimes forget to look at my Flipboard. I like Flipboard because I can see my Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and personal interests all in one place. Can anyone see/comment on how this is different from Flipboard, Zite, or Pulse? Thanks.

Is this paper app going to be an update from the current Facebook app or is it separate? If it's separate, won't that cause problems with notifications?

I personally prefer a visual app like where I can pick out what I want to see, instead of being told what news to read by an algorithm. But I must admit, the video presentation of Paper is pretty impressive and the effects are very nice.