Facebook was rumored to be hiring editors for a news app called “Paper” earlier this week, and today the social network made it official.
A cross between Facebook Home and Flipboard, Paper is a standalone app that allows you to discover news from friends and around the globe.
Stories are separated into sections, and there are over a dozen sections based on different interests.
Here are some quick bullet points from Facebook:
- Everything responds to your touch so you can pick up or thumb through stories with simple, natural movements
- You can tilt your phone to explore high-resolution panoramic photos from corner to corner, and see faces and other important details up close
- Fullscreen autoplay videos come to life and bring you deep into the action
- Beautifully detailed covers make it easy to spot articles from trusted publishers and decide what to read or watch. Articles unfold in the app and appear fullscreen for a focused reading experience
- When you’re ready to tell your own story, you know exactly what your post or photo will look like because you see a live preview before you share it
Facebook says Paper will be available on the iPhone starting February 3, and to learn more about the news app, you can take a tour of it here.