Facebook’s journey with Paper marches on with the first feature addition to the social network’s alternative app experience on iPhone and iPod touch. Although it’s not a major update, version 1.0.2 includes two additional features of note that could point to its future roadmap.
First, Paper has gained new ways to share articles including via Messages and Mail. Sharing an article through Facebook’s private messaging is also available now, but it’s particularly interesting to see the platform integrate native iOS services in sharing content, especially considering it does not necessarily link back to the website (though it does include a link to fb.com/trypaper that you can remove). This seems to illustrate Paper’s friendliness with the platform and the content rather than insisting on keeping you within Facebook.
Facebook’s Mike Matas (of Apple and Push Pop Press fame) has previously mentioned other ways Paper respects content including higher photo resolution (up to 2048×2048 rather than 960×960).
Mike Matas (@mike_matas) February 17, 2014
The second notable feature addition is added language support for post creation. In Facebook’s own words: “Create stories in languages that use multi-stage input, including Chinese, Japanese and Korean.”
Since launch, Paper has not seen international availability (perhaps because of the content sourcing angle), but it’s possible the additional language support could bring us closer to Paper availability outside the US.
Are you still enjoying Facebook Paper since its debut? Give the latest version a spin if you haven’t already.