iPad stalwart Flipboard brings magazine app to Android tablets

by David Needle

December 20 2012

Responding to what it says was a “top request by Flipboard readers” Flipboard has introduced a version of its popular magazine app for Android tablets.

The Silicon Valley-based company, an early backer of Apple’s iPad, said its richly-designed Flipboard app is now available for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1, Galaxy Tab series, Google’s Nexus 10.1 or other seven-inch or larger Android tablet for free via the Google Play store.

Although it already says it attracts millions of daily readers for its iPad app, the growing market of Android devices was clearly too big an opportunity to pass up. Some of Flipboard’s competitors, including Zite, already offer an Android and iOS version.

Flipboard had earlier introduced a version for Android phones that you could be run on smaller tablets, but the new release is specifically optimized for tablets.

The company says that with the tablet edition of Flipboard, page layouts have been optimized for a variety of screen sizes and aspect ratios, and has been specifically optimized for Samsung tablets.

“With the new devices that Samsung, Amazon, Google and others have brought to market in the recent months, there’s a fast growing Android market,” 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.”

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