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May 10, 2012

Various Android Users Now Have Access to Popular iPad App Flipboard

By Mike Lata, TMCnet Contributor

Flipboard (News - Alert) is one of those apps that any iPad owner can show off and explain what it means to consume content on a tablet. It was originally launched for the iPad back on July 21, 2010 and was later made compatible with other iOS devices. Now Android (News - Alert) users, besides just Samsung Galaxy S III owners, have access to Flipboard as well – albeit unofficially.

According to Appolicious, one member at the XDA forum who is also a developer, made installing the unofficial build possible on a wide range of Android devices. The official version been made exclusive to the Samsung (News - Alert) Galaxy S III since only last week.

The XDA developer and forum user grabbed the .APK from a demo showcasing the Galaxy S III in London during the week it launched. The process of having the app running on an Android handset is reported to not be too complicated. You can head over to the XDA forum here from your handset's browser and download the file. When you click the link above, the browser should automatically prompt a download and installation.

Flipboard can be described as an app that consumes social networks and conglomerates them into a digital magazine reading format. Users flip through pages of updates and RSS feeds as if they were flipping through a magazine. Various tiles are shown with different images and headline showing the story or social network update users can click on. Flipboard has a browser available as well so users can click on links within the tiles.

What really sets Flipboard apart from other apps and RSS readers is how user friendly the experience is. The experience is personalized according to each user's tastes. If users want to just use Flipbaord for Twitter, they can. If they want to use it as an RSS reader, they also can do this. If they want to add their Facebook (News - Alert) profile onto it and update it with images, they can do this as well. The experience is tailored to each user and the amount of different social networks or websites where users can add in sections seems to be without limits.

If you do not own a Samsung Galaxy S III yet nor plan on purchasing one, this may be the best way to get the Flipboard experience for Android.

Edited by Jamie Epstein
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