Flipboard: Your News Magazine

Flipboard: Your News Magazine

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
5.0
out of 2 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.8.4
  • Total Downloads:
    2,210
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 22, 2012
  • Price:
    Free; Requires Android phone

Editors' Note: The "Download Now" link directs you to the Android Market where you must continue the download process. This download may not be available in some countries.

Editors' Review

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If you're not familiar with Flipboard, it's a magazine-style news reader that has been wildly popular on iOS for quite some time. What gives it extra cool points is its ability to handle social media. See, Flipboard can integrate your social accounts into its feed, and present tweets or other status updates just as it would news stories or blog posts (complete with images and video thumbnails). Couple this with Flipboard's gorgeous tiled interface, and it's easy to see why the app is such a fan favorite.

With its clean design, vibrant display of photographic tiles, and smooth page-flipping animation, Flipboard for Android is just as stunning as its iOS sibling. This visual appeal has always been the hallmark of the app.

But Flipboard for Android isn't just a pretty face. Functionally, it packs a punch, too, as it lets you add feeds from a number of different social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Instagram, Google+, and YouTube. You can compose status updates from within Flipboard, as well as share, retweet, +1, and Like others' posts.

As with other news reader apps, you can also add feeds from pretty much any news source or site with an RSS feed, or you can subscribe to a Flipboard-curated topic feed. Also, if you use a bookmarking service like Instapaper, Pocket, or Readability, you can integrate those as well.

If you use Google Reader, you can load that up, too. However, Flipboard doesn't let you swipe through individual sources within your Google Reader account, which is disappointing. Meanwhile, another app in the category, Feedly, handles Google Reader beautifully, as it can two-way sync, and even mark items as read with a quick swipe.

One thing worth noting is that Flipboard for Android is not yet optimized for tablets. The image quality is less than stellar, and there's no use of the functional side panels that might otherwise grace a tablet-specific app.

Overall, I'm impressed with Flipboard for Android. Even with its few shortcomings, it's still a gorgeous reader with the flexibility to handle all of your social media. And if that's not enough, it comes with two different widgets, so you can access your Cover stories right from your home screen.

 
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5 stars

"Superb App! Different from the rest."

June 30, 2012  |  By Abro86

 |  Version: Flipboard: Your News Magazine 1.8.4

Pros

- Unique "flip" style navigation.

- Lots of content.

- Loads fairly seamlessly, even when switching to the mobile browser.

- Small file size. At 2.68 MB it makes Google Currents look like a bloated cow at 27-ish MB.

Cons

- The flip navigation can get a little old sometimes but it's not bad.

- I can't figure out how to share to anything but Twitter, but that's more just that I haven't made the time to figure out how, still could be a little more seamless.

- I haven't seen anything for caching for offline reading but that could be I just haven't found it yet?

Summary

What else is there to say? Magazine formatted websites made easy. It's fun to use too and doesn't take up all your storage with bloat. It doesn't seem to do caching for offline reading but I don't need that too terribly myself; there may be some that it would be a deal breaker for though.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.8.4
* Performance enhancements* Bug fixes
General
Publisher Flipboard
Publisher web site http://www.flipboard.com
Release Date July 23, 2012
Date Added June 22, 2012
Version 1.8.4
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Newsreaders & RSS Readers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Android 2.3.3 - Android 2.3.7, Android 3.1, Android, Android 2.2, Android 4.0, Android 3.0, Android 2.3 - Android 2.3.2, Android 3.2
Additional Requirements Compatible with 2.2 and above.
Download Information
File Size 2.64MB
File Name details
Popularity
Total Downloads 2,210
Downloads Last Week 22
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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