Flipboard Samsung Galaxy S3 exclusive no more – dev hacks it, liberates it for all Androids

by: Bams SadewoMay 9, 2012

flipboard galaxy s3

So much for the Flipboard app exclusivity on the Samsung Galaxy S3. Barely a week after the big announcement, one member of XDA-developers forum that goes by the nickname Valcho, has managed to extract the APK file of the social news magazine app out from the Samsung Galaxy S3 – making it available to install on other Android devices several weeks before its official outing.

Since the particular APK was probably made specifically to run on the Samsung Galaxy S3, we can expect that the app itself wont run perfectly. From what we can see from the feedback so far, it appears Flipboard works great on many Android phones and tablets, with the widget functioning well, too.

Oh exclusives, you tease us so.

According to the large numbers of people that have tried it and downloaded it, it is said to be running very well on smartphones like the Sony Xperia Arc, HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Galaxy S2, Galaxy S, and even on the old Samsung Galaxy Spica.  There are also reports of the Flipboard app working on Android tablets like the Sony Tablet S, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, and the Kindle Fire. This basically tells us that the Flipboard app isn’t designed to run solely on ICS devices, but also Gingerbread, Honeycomb and possibly other, more antiquated iterations of our beloved platform.

Check out the thread to download the 2.3MB APK file and let us know how it works on your particular device.

  • kstagg

    It works on Cyanogenmod 9 on the Touchpad too. :]

    • Awesome! Is it smooth? Seems to be a very good app, well coded.

      • kstagg

        Seems to be working well for me, a little lag, but barely noticeable.

        • kstagg

          …and yes, it is VERY smooth. :]

          • Yea, but the font is insanely huge, it’s showing less text per page than on my mates galaxy 2 or even my iPhone, not worth it yet, unless you have a lot of photo feeds on there

          • also, have they even confirmed they’re working on a tablet version?

  • also, any news on the tablet version for android? have they even confirmed they’re working on it?

    • Bence

      Works well on my WayteQ tablet… :-)

  • Bence

    Works on the WayteQ xTab 70i (ICS) tablet. :-)

  • Gabba

    Since we’re on the issue of piracy, anyone have the Avengers movie on torrent? I hear it has a period of exclusivity in theatres but I don’t wanna wait until it comes out on the FX channel

    • Bence

      Not here, dude…….. please….

  • Cokhfetf

    Works on my SGSII Epic 4G Touch.



  • Dude

    Nice works well on s2

  • AndroidBrian

    Doesn’t look right on my galaxy nexus. Screens picture doesnt flip whenn i turn my screen either. What’s the difference between this and a app like pulse? I’m sure this will be deleted by many of rooters in the near future.

  • Applesucks

    Doesn’t update though- That might have to wait for the official release- on the s2 btw.

  • Works great on my Razr Maxxx. Force closed a couple times but that rarely happens.