Saturday, 23 June 2012

Flipboard now officially available for Android, brings new features


Flipboard now officially available for Android, brings new features
If you already have a Samsung Galaxy S III with its pre-installed Flipboard app, maybe this story won't excite you too much, but for the rest of the Android using world, we have some good news. Flipboard, the RSS reader with style, is now officially available for Android and is in the Google Play Store awaiting your download. Originally launched in 2010 for the Apple iPad and then released last year for the Apple iPhone, the app lets you view your Twitter feeds and RSS news feeds in a magazine-style format. With the Android update comes a widget that updates with new stories and updates. Flipboarfd CEO Mike McCue said that Android demand for the app was "astonishing".

The free update comes to Android after a month of beta testing on a number of devices. It also was available after an Android user extracted the Flipboard APK and posted it on XDA Developers. McCue said it took some time getting Flipboard running on Android and is not yet ready to be used on Android tablets despite its origination as an Apple iPad app. Despite that, the phone app will be available for the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Nook tablets.
"We are still in a wait-and-see mode with Android tablets. The iPad is the flagship tablet and we are going to stay focused on it."-Evan Doll, Flipboard co-founder
Flipboard users will notice new YouTube and Google+ integration on the app, which requires Android users to be running Froyo or higher. The app is being made available to a number of new countries such as South Korea, Span, Italy and Germany.