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. » Read the rest
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.
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.
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.
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!
For those of you patiently waiting for the popular Flipbard application, one of Google Currents‘ direct competitors, you’ll be happy to know that the app has finally made its way to the Android platform. To kick things off, the app will be exclusive to Samsung Galaxy III devices initially before finally rolling out to the rest of the platform. We weren’t told exactly how long the rest of the world will have to wait but we’ll do our best to find out for you. The UI looks pretty similar to what the iPhone currently has today, and as expected, allows gestures for navigating through your aggregated content. However, unlike the iPhone, the Android version will of course sport a cool widget which takes up an entire page providing the day’s latest and popular news feeds. If you think you’ll most likely be on board come launch day, you can sign up at the link below to receive the update once the application is available for Android. And by the way the devs stated the app will be available for “Android mobile phones” we’re not banking on a tablet version right off the bat. So, here’s to hoping we don’t have to wait for the app too long. And if we do, lets hope our boys over XDA will have something to say about it. Are you looking forward to the app or are you content with Google Currents and other news aggregation apps already on the Android OS?
A while back we reported on the news of a new social news reader created by Google that would rival Flipboard. Currents looks to be that rival and unlike Flipboard it works on both Android and iOS devices. This app and service boasts over 150 publishing partners and offers full-length articles from folks like CNET, AllThingsD, Forbes, PBS, Huffington Post and more.
What’s nice is that content is optimized for smartphones and tablets that allow you to navigate intuitively through words and pictures. You can do this even while being offline and on large or small screens alike. You can choose which publications you want to subscribe to for the great price of free. You can add RSS, photo and video feeds, Google+ streams of the public variety, and Google Reader subscriptions that you’re already reading. There’s a trending tab to discover content that relates to what matches your taste.