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Video Tour: Facebook Paper Actually Looks Great, Will It Come to Android?

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Does anyone remember Rockmelt’s Android application? It was easily one of my favorite apps of 2013. You see, Rockmelt was great at bringing you random-yet-precise topics of your choosing without asking you to do much work. For me, I used it to unplug from the world of tech and find current off-the-wall stories on sports, celeb gossip, food, travel, and lifestyle when I was lounging on my couch in the evenings.Unfortunately for me, the app only lasted all of two short months thanks to an acquisition by Yahoo. Since Yahoo shut it down, I have been hunting for an app that can bring me a similar reading experience without much fuss. I think I may have found it in Facebook’s Paper, except they forgot to release it on my platform of choice

Paper was released this morning to iOS, so like the good little tech blogger that I am, figured I’d install it on an iOS device, give it a whirl, and report back since it could some day arrive on Android. I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised with the experience. And so you know, that’s coming from someone who spends maybe three minutes a month on Facebook. In other words, I don’t use Facebook.

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But with Paper, it’s not about Facebook, though it could be if you want it to be. It’s more about consuming stories, media, and enjoying a beautifully designed app. Paper comes off like a mash-up between Home (another FB app), Flipboard, Google Currents, and one of those insanely overpriced $16 third party Android launchers. The whole experience is touch and motion based, so you can grab stories to see them up close and personal, rotate your hand back and forth to view big images in a 3D-like atmosphere, and then share it all like you might want to through Facebook.

There are all sorts of categories to bring you news or current topics from a variety of subjects that include sports, photography, food, traveling, and home design. Each section is accessed via swipe, stories can be blown up with a flick of your thumb, and interesting finds can be shared immediately or saved for later. In terms of consuming content, Paper seems like it is off to a great start. Maybe some day it will see a similar start on Android.

To see it in action, check out the video below.

  • Darth Vader

    This is actually great.. but the creators of this app has a very limited resources that’s why it won’t come to android anytime sooner.. but i’ll be awesome if facebook hire these guys and implement it to the main facebook app

  • LionStone

    When you share content on Paper, can you share with Twitter and G+, email, Hangouts, etc?

  • nosedive94

    They 100% stole that “repost” button from Tumblr.

  • Liderc

    Wonder how long it will take for us to get it. I mean, no matter if it’s more difficult to make the Android app (which seems like a cop out), it’s smart business to make the app for Android considering the market is bigger.

  • Anthony Tyson

    Its android. Developers don’t care. Soooo I say at least 4-6 months.

  • Justin Larmay

    I hope this comes to android. Every news app out there is garbage imo. Unless you have an HTC one, then there is blinkfeed which blows flipboard and feedly out of the water.

    • LionStone

      Yup Blinkfeed on my DNA is pretty nice since 4.2.2, even nicer I don’t have to have it as my Home page. I use Newsstand on the Nexus 5 and Pulse on Nexus 7. I wouldn’t use this just because of its tie-in with FB. I wonder how the sharing will be anyway? If you can only share with people on FB, then that would be a big limitation.

  • Pratik Holla

    I’ll be waiting for my gingerbread themed version of this to show up on december of 2015. Thanks FB!

  • Scott in MA

    Do you have any sources in FB that would help our community understand why they went to IOS and not Android and if/when they are bringing it to our favorite platform?

    • Maxim∑

      Im starting to think maybe because Apple’s SDK is better/easier? Because facebook said they would focus more on Android last year they even made ads on it and offered an employee trade in program and it really hasn’t been working. Also this is the type of app that won’t work to well with scaling in many different sizes so if it does come to Android Im sure it would be limited to a few phones

  • Adam Truelove

    I want any app with the word “Facebook” in the name off my phone.

    • Chris

      Then don’t install it.

      Simple concept really.

  • Droid Ronin

    I wonder if Facebook could really keep the “Paper” name since it is getting trademark complaints from that one app startup company.

    • Maxim∑

      thats what you get for choosing such a generic name

  • BK

    Eh, I’ll stick with Google Newsstand. Although I’m still waiting for a web interface.

    • Chris

      I’ll use Flipboard. Much better then anything google can cook up…

      • JMonkeYJ

        I’ve tried just about every news app. I think my favorite is Blinkfeed, but since that’s only available on Sense I’m using Circa right now. If Flipboard had a decent widget I would probably go back to it. Currents is too buggy for me.

  • John Legere

    I’m waiting for that one person to scream “why is ios on an android site! ”

    Looks pretty good though. Unlike their current Facebook app.

    • Justin Foster

      I can see it now: Paper update 2.0 (now replaces Facebook app)

      • Ryan

        It probably will and there are rumors that it might.

    • Yaniv

      Why stop there? Why not review any iOS app that’s not coming to Android?
      I don’t like it. There, i’ve said it.

      • John Legere

        It didn’t say that it’s never coming. Knowing Facebook is a multi platform app, it could.

        • Yaniv

          I didn’t mean that.. i was replying to your “why is ios on an android site! ” :)

      • Chris

        Cry me a river and bulid a bridge..

    • Alisan_C

      Tbh I’d like to see iOS running on an android device..

      All projects that tried to port are shutdown.. :(

      • Graham Green

        Why? Worst idea ever.

        • Chris

          CHOICE.

          I really wish people would stop it with the over use of the word “ever” as implying that would mean no other idea forward is good or bad. Sucks when a decade from now an even better idea comes along and your use of “ever” in 2014 is irrelevant.

          • John Legere

            Yeah cause people want the choice of iOS on android. No. Your statement is irrelevant.

          • Chris

            hard core fanboys maybe not….

        • Alisan_C

          Because…
          1) I’d like a real comparison between an iPhone VS any other.
          2)No more waiting for apps to develop on another OS
          3)hell some apps are iOS only
          4)a little bit to screw Apple who made it ‘Apple’ device-only // like hackintosh.

          I dont dislike android, on the contrary but as an ex-iphone user I know iOS had some advantages (not many but still)

        • John Legere

          Don’t worry about the trolls.

          • Chris

            Who was trolling?

            oh…. someone said something you didn’t like. So they are a troll…

          • John Legere

            Flagged.

          • Chris

            Point proven…

    • Cael

      Why doesn’t Ron do these kind of posts?
      What about that question?

    • Chris

      Like you just did.

    • Fran Shammo

      Because we all know FB sucks and their practices. They claim ownership on everything you post to it, pictures, videos, any thoughts or ideas, plus the hidden cookies that track every website you go to unless you delete all cookies.

      EFF FB, and you should know better.

  • Alex Boro

    Hard to believe the same team that made the Facebook Android app made this.

    • Jordan

      Not the same team. This came out of Creative Labs.

    • Chris

      open your eyes look up to the skies and see