May 9, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
Remember when I said that Flipboard for Android would be a Samsung Galaxy S III exclusive? LOL. I said it with a straight face, even though you and I both knew that it would be leaked within minutes of the device being released. Well, one XDA member thought waiting for release date was a waste of time, so he’s already released Flipboard for Android into the wild and made it available for your downloading and reading pleasure.
Usually we don’t write about leaked APK’s; however, it’s easier to rationalize linking to the XDA thread containing Flipboard for Android since the app is free and bound to be released soon. And when you use the app for a little while, it’s hard to not let people know that there’s an excellent reading app available for them to grab.
Flipboard is a beautiful news reading app that imports interesting articles based on your declared interests, and links shared by your Facebook and Twitter friends. Rather than simply list the articles and have users scroll through just a title, it puts the focus on one or two stories at a time and requires that the user tap on a large thumbnail to read the article, or swipe up to flip to the next one.
The UI choices in Flipboard are a little different from what you’re use to, but the app’s flat icons, smooth transitions, and style may be good enough to make you abandon your current reading app. The APK doesn’t have a tablet mode, which is to be expected considering the app is designed for specific phone, but it does scale up on a Toshiba Excite 10 and I’m sure a tablet version will be included later. Other features include:
- Read Later option with Instapaper, Pocket, or Readability.
- News and select status updates shared from Facebook and Twitter
- Link with Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader, LinkedIn, Instagram, Flickr, tumblr, and 500px
- “Muted authors” prevents shares from select friends
- Mark items as Twitter favorites
- In-app browser for truncated feeds and link to open standard browser
- Search for specific content