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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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  • 5.0 stars

    "BEST APP ON THE MARKET"

    April 13, 2013  |   By dsumm438

    Version: Flipboard: Your News Magazine 1.9.14

    Pros

    I love the functionality of this app.

    Cons

    Wish I could like Facebook pages and add friends directly on Flipboard. I would also like to follow Tumblr blogs directly from Flipboard. It would be helpful to unlike or unfollow directly from Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Google+. Pinterest would be a Nice addition.

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  • 5.0 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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