Flipboard Beta for Android impresses on phones, not tablets (first take)

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Making its unofficial debut earlier this month on Samsung Galaxy S III demo units, Flipboard for Android has finally opened itself up…a little bit. No, the app isn’t widely available on Google Play yet, but perhaps just as good, you can now download the official beta version of Flipboard through a public download link.

If you’re not familiar with Flipboard on iOS, it’s a magazine-style news reader app that has reached an amazing level of popularity. What gives the app extra cool points is its ability to handle social media. See, Flipboard can integrate your social accounts into its feed, and present Tweets or other status updates just as it would news stories or blog posts (complete with images and video thumbnails). Couple this with Flipboard’s gorgeous tiled interface, and it’s easy to see why the app gets so much buzz.

At first glance, Flipboard for Android looks just as stunning as its iOS counterpart, with its clean, minimal design and vibrant display of photographic tiles. Flipboard’s trademark page-flipping animation is also there as you swipe up and … [Read more]

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