While the last few Flipboard months have been great, the newsreader app was far from ideal for Android tablet users, partly because it’s really designed for smartphones. The tablet-optimized version of the app is finally here, as Flipboard has pushed out an update that will bring a better reading experience to those sporting big-screen (7-inch and larger) devices.
Once the update is applied, tablet owners can choose between a tablet or smartphone layout – the difference being that the former displays more content spread on four pages of tiles. The tablet layout also offers larger story excerpts and support for landscape mode.
If you’re used to the old layout, it’s going to take some time to fully digest and appreciate the changes, but you’ll flip those pages like a boss in no time. The only drawback seems to be that you can’t swipe your way to the page of content or the main screen when you’re reading a story. That being said, if you missed it that much, you can always switch back to the smartphone layout at any time.
Liking the new Flipboard? Hit the comments below and spread the love.
Flipboard Arrives On Android Tablets
December 20, 2012 – Palo Alto, Calif. – Today, Flipboard launched its social magazine on Android tablets, a top request from Flipboard readers around the world. Read by millions every day, Flipboard lets people enjoy local news, world updates, blogs they love or simply catch up on stories from friends. Now, anyone with a Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1, GALAXY Tab series, Nexus 10 or other tablet that runs Android, can download Flipboard for free from the Google Play Store.
“With the new devices that Samsung, Amazon and others have brought to market in the recent months, we see the adoption of Android tablets growing quickly,” said Eric Alexander, Head of International Development at Flipboard. “As more people buy Android tablets for themselves or others over the holidays, we wanted to make sure Flipboard is part of their tablet experience and deliver on a top request from our readers.”
For this tablet edition of Flipboard, page layouts have been optimized for a variety of screen sizes and aspect ratios. Taking advantage of the wider screen of the larger Android devices, readers can save more of their favorite sections as tiles and can see larger story excerpts as they flip through their magazine. And having worked with Samsung over the last year, Flipboard is optimized for Samsung’s tablet devices.
Flipboard was already available for Android phones. Devices with a seven-inch-screen, such as Kindle Fire, NOOK and Nexus 7 were able to run Flipboard for Android phones. Now, owners of these devices will automatically be upgraded, while having the option to continue using the phone edition. Kindle Fire and Nook users can find Flipboard in their respective app stores.