Being from the Android only area, I really didn’t know what the fuss was when a possible Flipboard for Android app was leaked. Man was I missing the boat…
One of the news apps that I have used for a while is Pulse for Android. Overall it is a great app. It has a lot going on in one screen, which can be seen as both a positive and a negative as far as a news app. I really like it, but when Flipboard was announced I went searching… Another Iphone app gone Android.
Well, I am here to tell you. If you get a chance, go over to the flipboard site here and signup for the beta of flipboard for Android. I did and within a day I had got a beta tester email in my inbox. Off to download it and away I went.
First off, I really like apps that are intuitive, and this is just that. Not a lot of bells and whistles, but it does a great job at showing you just what you want to see in a particular new source. The content that it provides is very clear, and is eye caching. As with most news reader, you get bylines, leads and article content, as well as author. If you are just browsing the news aricles, you can choose from Instapaper, Pocket or Readability to view it later. To go to the next article in a particular source you flip “up or down”, to got back to the main menu you flip “back”. Very easy to use, and very fast… it seemed like the news just went on and one.
You can link flipboard to your Facebook, Twitter, RSS feeds or even specific facebook or twitter users if you only want to follow a specific source. Up to 4 pages of “feeds” can be added. Even if you don’t connect your Flipboard to a Twitter or Facebook account, there are categories of articles that you can choose from such as Technology, Photo, or news. These alone contain great information and general news content in each of their respective areas.
Right now the beta for Android doesn’t include official support for tablets, but there’s plans for it. I’m looking for a new tablet at the moment, and flipboard will be in the back of my mind wherever I look. It’s definitely a top news reader / social media browser app for android.