Flipboard Launches Android Beta

Flipboard on Samsung Galaxy s3

Android owners rejoice: social newsreading app Flipboard is headed your way. The company opened up a private beta program for Android phones Wednesday.

To sign up, head on over to flipboard.com/android. Flipboard will email you instructions so you can set up the beta version on your phone.

As rumored, Flipboard for Android will first become available on Samsung Galaxy S III devices, which are expected to arrive in the U.S. any week now.

The app will come pre-loaded on some devices, depending on the carrier, and be made available for other Android devices later this summer.

Flipboard first launched as an iPad app in July 2010, waiting a full year-and-a-half before releasing a version for iPhone devices. The former is formatted like a magazine; the latter displays a scrolling list of thumbnails designed for news consumption on the go.

Given the similarity in screen sizes, it’s fair to expect that the Android edition will be similar to the one iPhone users know and love. Still, we can expect some degree of re-engineering. “The iPhone app was almost a completely new product,” CEO Mike McCue said at the time of Flipboard for iPhone’s launch.

“If we were to go to another platform you’d see a similar level of thinking go into the experience.”


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