Just a day before it completes its 10th year of existence, Facebook has unveiled a new iPhone-only ap, Paper, that some say will change the way the social media service is used on handheld devices.
The app is a news reader in the mould of Flipboard and Pulse that aggregates top stories shared by people in a given user’s friends list, as well as other trusted sources.
But the ‘news’ bit – the said app’s primary feature – isn’t why experts feel it is the future of Facebook for mobiles. Facebook Paper also offers almost everything that the company’s normal smartphone app does. The only exceptions are lists, apps and events, but the trio of missing features aren’t that popular among the users to begin with.
The app’s layout is very different from what we’ve seen from Facebook before. It isn’t fixated on the color blue, which has been the case with most digital products Mark Zuckerburg and his pals have offered in the past. With the developers’ trying to keep things clean and clear, also gone is vertical scrolling.
Design-wise, the change is a massive one, which is probably why Facebook chose to make this news feature a separate app instead of simply incorporating it into in its conventional mobile interface.
Once its users warm up to Paper and get the hang of its radically modified look, chances are that the original FB app might be replaced by Paper – at least that what tech geeks are predicting.
However, don’t expect Paper to take over the mobile world in the near future because the company says it currently has no plans for releasing an Android or iPad version. Industry pundits are speculating that the company will probably hold off on rolling it out on other platforms until it succeeds on iPhones.
Do you think Facebook has finally made a smartphone app that it can be proud of or would it be another one in the long list of duds it has tried shoving in its billion plus users’ face?
Try it out from the App Store and let us know what you think.