(Be sure to read the latest updates, at the end of this article.)
Released in 2010, Flipboard was originally an iPad exclusive but proved so popular it was later developed for iPhone, too. For nearly two years, then, Flipboard has been available only on Apple hardware. So, those of you who don't own an iOS device may be asking yourselves, 'What the heck is it?'
Basically, Flipboard is a very fancy feed aggregator; it collects just about anything you'd like to read or listen to -- including news, Twitter streams, and even music -- and then frames that content in an attractive 'magazine style' layout that's easy to scroll through. Here's the developer's blurb.:
Flipboard creates a personalized magazine out of everything being shared with you. Flip through your Facebook newsfeed, tweets from your Twitter timeline, photos from Instagram friends, sounds from SoundCloud and much more.The real draw here is the design, which not only resembles a print mag in appearance but also delights the eye with beautifully rendered 'page-flip' animation, as you casually peruse your preferred content. Honestly, we think Flipboard could make IRS notices look like a fun read.
|Your news feeds have never looked this nice...|
There's good reason Flipboard was Apple's 2010 iPad App of the Year.
Take our word for it -- Flipboard for Android is definitely worth your time to try out. This APK is tested to work on Ice Cream Sandwich, Gingerbread 2.3.3+ and latest CyanogenMod ROMs, but beyond those revs your mileage may vary. Enjoy!
Boilerplate: Download link has full APK; install it like any other app. For some Android phones, you must rename the file, changing 'apk' to zip', before installation.
via: XDA (see latest updates, below)
Update: (22 June) Official version has now been released! Should be a great update -- they're promising to collect feeds from Google Plus and YouTube. Here's the Flipboard page in Google's Play Store. Enjoy!
However, the update itself seems buggy. Some users report that it won't install on their phones, period. We had two problems: mainpage images wouldn't load, plus the app repeatedly asks for our Facebook login ...tho' we never set up a FB feed, in preferences.
MobilePhonesFan's advice: if this original APK (v0.7.17) works on your phone and/or if you don't have a Facebook account (v1.8.4 continually requests FB login), then skip this update.