Flipboard, the much-loved social magazine app for the iPhone and iPad, has at last graduated from beta status on Android, officially launching on devices across the platform.
A stable release of the app is available to owners of all major Android smartphones and tablets, enhanced with new features, including integration for Google+ and YouTube and localised support for Germany, Italy, Korea, Netherlands and Spain. It’s downloadable directly via Google Play, the Amazon App Store, the Nook Store and Samsung Apps.
Already a massive hit on iOS, Flipboard made an equally notable debut on Google’s OS in beta form, racking up half a million downloads in just over three weeks. That success impressed Samsung so much it included Flipboard as a preloaded app on the recently launched Galaxy S3.
Mike McCue, CEO of Flipboard, said: “We’ve had really good coverage across a wide range of phones. We feel really good about how it’s coming together. But people have been asking, why is this in beta? Why can’t you just release it now?”
McCue added: “With iOS, you can target a very specific screen size, a very specific processor and so on – it’s quite a bit easier.
“On Android, to really build a high-quality application that works across a range of devices, you have to spend a lot of time optimizing…that’s why we did the beta.”
By connecting your Google+ and YouTube accounts, you can access updates from your circles and videos uploaded by channels you subscribe to, all amalgamated with your favourite social networks and news outlets in a neat flipbook-style interface.