Flipboard app brings personalized news e-zine to Android tablets
20th Dec 2012 | 21:39
From smartphones to tablets
The digital, personalized news magazine Flipboard made the jump to Android tablets Thursday.
Flipboard found its new home just days before the holidays, when Flipboard Head of International Development Eric Alexander expects an influx of Android tablets to arrive under trees and in stockings.
Alexander said in a statement, "As more people buy Android tablets for themselves or others over the holidays, we wanted to make sure Flipboard is part of their tablet experience and deliver on a top request from our readers," as reported by CNET.
Flipboard began life as an iOS app over two years ago, and over the summer it became available for Android smartphones, Amazon's Kindle Fire line and Barnes and Noble's Nook e-readers.
Your personal digital magazine
Flipboard serves as a visual aggregator for both "world news" and "social news," according to its official Google Play page description.
Users can sign into their various social accounts and tell Flipboard what subjects they care about (i.e. video games, marine biology, etc.).
Flipboard then creates a custom e-zine tailored to your tastes, pulling news, photos and updates from sources ranging from the BBC, National Geographic and The Verge to Instagram and Twitter.
And best of all, Flipboard is free on all platforms.
Flipboard goes big
The new Android tablet Flipboard app sports custom page layouts for the devices' wider screens, which will reportedly make room for longer article excerpts and other improvements.
According to CNET, Flipboard has been working with Samsung for a year to ensure that the app is up-to-snuff on Samsung's numerous Android tablets.
In August, Flipboard celebrated its second anniversary and revealed that it had 20 million users.