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Facebook Updates Paper For iOS With Birthdays, Events, Photo Comments, Group Updates, And More

Facebook Updates Paper For iOS With Birthdays, Events, Photo Comments, Group Updates, And More

by Brad MerrillApril 18, 2014

Facebook has released the first major update to its Paper app for iOS, adding a plethora of new features just ten weeks after the initial launch. The new version is now available from the App Store.

First of all, Facebook has added notifications for birthdays and events. Tap the globe icon to stay updated.

Next, users can now leave photo comments using the Paper app. Just tap the camera next to the comment field, take a photo or choose an existing one, and use it as your reply:


While groups have been supported by Paper since day one, Facebook has now made it easier to keep up with them with unread counts in the main menu.

In addition to the original 50, Paper has also gained nine new article covers to help you identify stories from Bloomberg News, Mashable, FT, kottke, Fox News, Popular Science, The Hollywood Reporter, Vanity Fair, and Hacker News.

This update also includes some basic accessibility improvements, including an arrow indicator that tells you when there are new stories in other sections.

According to Facebook, Paper users explore an average of 80 stories per day across five to six sections. Facebook is the most popular section, followed by Headlines, Tech, Ideas, LOL, and Pop Life. “We’re also seeing avid use of some of our more tailored sections, like Pride,” Facebook said in a blog post.

Here’s the full changelog for version 1.1 of the Paper App:

  • Birthdays and events: Never miss a chance to celebrate! Just tap the notifications globe and scroll down to see important dates ahead.
  • Photo comments: When words aren’t enough, now you can add photos to comments to show how you feel.
  • Group updates: Don’t miss posts from your favorite groups. Swipe down to open the Main Menu. Tap the More Options icon to the right of the Search box. When you see your groups, check the new unread counts to catch up on the posts you’ve missed.
  • New story buttons: To keep up with the latest stories in a section in fullscreen view, or to catch the newest stories in the next section, tap the new story arrows when they appear.
  • More article covers: 9 new article covers join our collection, making easier to spot your favorite sources on Paper. Keep an eye out for Fox News, Bloomberg News, Mashable, FT, kottke, Popular Science, The Hollywood Reporter, Vanity Fair and Hacker News.
  • Basic accessibility: All of your sections now support basic accessibility features, and we’re working to extend accessibility throughout the app.
About The Author
Brad Merrill
Brad Merrill is the founder and former editor of VentureBreak.