Popular magazine-style social news reader Flipboard is launching an update to its Android app. According to Inside Flipboard, its latest app release lets users “add a soundtrack to their flipping.”

This update lets Android smartphone and tablet users listen to audio content offered under Flipboard’s Audio category and its Content Guide. These include sound bites from NPR’s Fresh Air and PRI’s The World. Additionally, users can connect a SoundCloud account for access to Streams, Likes, Sounds, Sets and Groups.

The audio functionality originally launched on Flipboard’s iOS app in May this year.¬†Originally an iOS exclusive app, Flipboard launched on Android this June, integrating social streams from various sources like Google+ and YouTube. The app offers a magazine-like user interface, which makes reading content more pleasant, especially when using a tablet. Flipboard intelligently pulls content from your social networks, and the app competes directly with the likes of Google Currents, Zite and Pulse.

Flipboard is a free download from the Google Play store. But Amazon Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Nook users need not worry, as Flipboard is also releasing the app update on these app ecosystems soon.

J. Angelo Racoma
J. Angelo Racoma has written extensively about mobile, social media, enterprise apps and startups. Angelo develops business case studies for Microsoft enterprise platforms, and is also co-founder at WorkSmartr, a small outsourcing team that offers digital content and marketing services.