Flipboard social magazine is coming to Android phones worldwide, NOOK and Kindle Fire in the U.S. Flipboard lets people keep up with the latest news around the Web, flip through updates from friends on social networks or sit back and enjoy stories and photos from people and publications they love.
Designed with magazine-like pages that are easy to flip through, Flipboard is a new way to experience the Web on smartphones, mobile devices and iPads, says the company.
For the first time, Flipboard is available to Android users as a free download in Google Play. In addition, Flipboard is now available in the Amazon Appstore for Android, the Barnes & Noble NOOK Store and in Samsung Apps.
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For people in the United States, Flipboard will come pre-installed on the new Samsung Galaxy SIII via leading U.S. carriers.
In addition to expanding reach to more phones, Flipboard is also bringing people more of the stories and updates they care about with the addition of Google+ and YouTube.
Now, anyone can add their Google+ account to Flipboard and see stories in their stream, updates from people in their Circles, and posts from pages they subscribe to, all in a new magazine experience. As people flip through Google+ they can also +1 any post or tap the avatar to share, comment and reply on Google+.
By adding YouTube, Flipboard readers can watch videos from people they follow and channels they subscribe to, check-out the videos they’ve uploaded or browse videos they added to their “Favorite.” YouTube users can also view, comment, like, share and subscribe to new people or channels right from Flipboard.
“People are amazed by all the things they can see on Flipboard, and often the most personal and interesting stories come from friends,” said Mike McCue, CEO of Flipboard. “Today we have over 2000 featured content partners from around the world and, now with the addition of Google+ and YouTube, we have all of the popular social networks for our readers to sit back and enjoy.”
Today, June 22, Flipboard is also releasing fully localized editions of Flipboard for Germany, Korea, Italy, Spain and The Netherlands. With Flipboard already customized for Japan, France, China and English-speaking countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, the company continues to invest in curating global content and creating a local experience that makes Flipboard more relevant to international readers.
Flipboard is claimed to be the world’s first social magazine. The company is based in Palo Alto, California.