Flipboard comes to Android, bundles with Samsung’s Galaxy S III and gets Google+ and YouTube tie-ins
Flipboard, the popular iOS app that lets you swipe through blogs, news feeds, Twitter and Facebook like a magazine, has officially come to Google’s Android platform. It’s coming to Android in a big way though, as it will be bundled with Samsung’s new Galaxy S III phone in the US. We knew that most of this was coming, as we went hands-on with the app at the beginning of May.
Earlier this week, Google’s Bradley Horowitz told the crowd at Le Web that Google+ streams were coming to Flipboard, and here they are. Flipboard didn’t stop the Google love there, as it has also included YouTube as an available service to go along with other social platforms like Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Android: Flipboard, the social newsreader that made waves for its magazine-like design and layout, finally emerged from beta today and is now available for all Android devices. An unofficial APK has been available for those people willing to sideload it, but now you can snag the app completely for free over at Google Play.
Most of the changes to the app through the beta have been under the hood to improve device compatibility and stability. The app itself looks just like its iOS cousin, and much like did back in May. Once installed, you can build your “magazine” by selecting the topics you’re interested in, like technology, science, sports, and world news. Link Flipboard with your Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Google Reader, or Flickr accounts so the app can see what your friends are reading and sharing on those networks, or log in to your Flipboard account (free and optional) to sync your magazine settings across devices.
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