It's no secret that we're big fans of Flipboard here at Engadget, but there's one thing we've been longing for: a tablet-optimized Android version. Until now, running the app on the Nexus 10 (by sideloading the APK) or even the Nexus 7 (officially supported) meant living with a scaled-up phone experience. Today, Flipboard is getting updated in the Play Store to supports a variety of Android tablets such as Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1, the Galaxy Tab series and the Nexus 10. A setting lets you chose between phone and tablet modes, which is useful for mid-size devices like Amazon's Kindle Fire, the Nook and the Nexus 7. Flipboard worked closely with Samsung to optimize the app and take advantage of larger, higher resolution displays. This means more of your favorite tiles, larger story snippets and landscape support (at last). We spent a few hours using Flipboard's new app for Android and came away suitably impressed -- anyone familiar with the iPad version will feel right at home. PR after the break.
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.