Sundar Pichai took the stage again at Google I/O to let us know what Google has up its sleeves for Chromebooks and Chrome OS.
Today, Google has 8 OEMs making 15 different Chromebook devices (with more coming), available in 28 different countries.
Pichai even noted that all 10 of the top 10 rated laptops on Amazon are all Chromebooks. Not too shabby. There’s even been a 6x growth of use of Chromebooks in K-12 schools in the past year.
Google will be adding more to Chromebooks and the Chrome OS in order to make sure these trends continue.
Flipboard has been busy and the results have surfaced over the past couple days as they announced their acquisition of Zite, a partnership with CNN, and even released an update to their app that adds better support for Google+ users. The purchase of Zite and the addition of CNN content to the app are likely linked to each other as Zite was formerly a part of CNN.
With the demise of Google’s Reader bearing down on news readers, Flipboard has released a new update to their app that adds some interesting new features. Foremost among the changes is the ability to create your own “magazine” on Flipboard with the simple press of a big “+” button in the app and naming the magazine. This essentially gives users the ability to create their own curated sources of news with the option to make the “magazine” public or private. Along with adding content to a magazine as you read within the Flipboard app, users can also add items from their Android device like photos or they can add an article directly from the Flipboard widget or even from social networks.
Flipboard, the incredibly popular news app, has gotten a slight update in the Play Store today. The biggest improvement? Support for hover actions. It’s a cool feature, but it’s clearly a preemptive update for the Galaxy S 4′s hover features, although it should work with AirView on the Galaxy Note. It does also add the option to create an account with Facebook login, so that’s a feature everyone can get some use out of.
We’ve already seen Samsung and Flipboard buddy up before now, but this is definitely solidifying their relationship. Of course, the S 4 is likely to be a pretty popular phone, so it does make sense for Flipboard to support it above other less popular phones. Hopefully we’ll see more apps take advantage of the hovering actions in the future. Hit the links below to get your hands on the update.
Play Store Download Link
Are you a Flipboard user who is a little disappointed with the lack of a tablet-specific interface for your favorite news application? Well, we’ve got some good news. Flipboard updated their popular application with newly added tablet optimization today. Any screen size over 7 inches gets a new tablet interface that includes four stories per “page” of tiles to make flipping through news stories even quicker and more convenient. That’s a great improvement for folks on the higher end of the market with 10 inch screens. Hit the links below to get your tablet optimized news fix.
Play Store Download Link
For those of you who weren’t apart to the Flipboard beta program, you may be pleased to know that the app is now available to everyone and can be downloaded from the Play Store, Amazon App Store, Nook Store and Samsung Apps. As most beta programs do, the Flipboard team was able to iron out all the wrinkles to the point where they feel it is ready for the masses. Not only does the official release bring localized versions for many countries, it can now be your one stop shop for checking in on the 12 most popular Social Networking sites including YouTube, Google+, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and more. Check it out through either of the links below.
Play Store Download link
We’re still waiting for Google+ integration with other apps. It’s vital that Google shares its API if it wants Google+ to compete with the likes of Facebook. Well we have some good news as Bradley Horowitz, Vice President of Product Management of Google+ announced Flipboard as a “trusted” partner. The Google+ API will allow Flipboard users to comment, +1 Flipboard items, and send individualized pieces of content to Google+ Circles. “It works like it should,” said Horowitz, “Flipboard has done an amazing job. “
At this point there was no information on when we can expect to see this Google+ functionality, but it should hopefully be sometime this year or hopefully when it leaves the Beta stage for Android.
Super fancy virtual magazine app, Flipboard strutted its stuff at the Galaxy S III event in London last month and has caught the eye of several Android users. Now the popular app has just been updated to version 1.8.4 beta 2.
The changelog is as follows:
- Added sharing via other applications
- Fixed authentication bug which could cause repeated logins
- Remember the position in a section if you accidentally leave it
- Improved stability and performance
The update notification will automatically display once you start up the app and is not available in the Play Store. At the moment, GSIII owners and beta testers are the only ones enjoying the goods but Flipboard intends to be available for all Android devices in the near future.
If you’re familiar with Flipboard, you are a little jealous of iOS users since it’s yet to be available on Android. Well actually, in a way it’s available, but only to Samsung Galaxy S III owners. It comes pre-installed on the device but we were never sure of what kind of exclusive agreement there is in place.
It looks like the GSIII is just part of the plan. With Android, one of the big issues is screen sizes and compatibility with so many devices. The company wanted to get this going with one screen size to see how things go. It certainly isn’t a bad device to start with since they already sold nearly 10 million units. The good news is that they are close to releasing a beta version for all. The interesting thing is that it won’t be in the Google Play Store just yet, but they plan on releasing it as an APK that can be sideloaded. This is the best way in my opinion because only astute Android users will install it and that’s what they want. They also want these users to provide feedback to make sure that when they release the full version, it will be as polished as the iOS version.
Of course if you can’t wait, you can grab the leaked APK from Samsung.
Wow that didn’t take long. You can grab the beta APK now and give it a try. Here’s the instructions:
- Go to the security section in your phone settings and allow the installation of apps from unknown sources.
- Click on this link to install the beta.
Also, it’s very important to give them feedback. You can do this by going to the About section in the app Settings and then tap the Flipboard logo or just email them directly at android-feedback AT flipboard dot com.
During Samsung’s Galaxy S III event we learned that the popular news app Flipboard was on its way to Android and would be exclusive to the GSIII for an unknown amount of time. Although it will eventually be available in the Google Play store, it’s always nice to check things out before they are officially available to the public. Thanks to XDA developer Velecho, we now have just that – early access to the app as it appeared on the GSIII.
Velecho had a GSIII demo unit for a short while and during that time he managed to pull the Flipboard apk from the device and is now sharing with anyone who is interested. In order to run the app you are going to want to make sure you allow third-party installations on you device before trying to install it. After you do that, simply grab the download from the source link below and be sure to thank the dev while you are there! After you are up and running come on back here and let us know what you think!