December 22, 2012

Flipboard a Google Android news and social network magazine style reader app

Flipboard is a news blog and social networking reader app which let you read your favorite blogs like TechCrunch, Gigaom, Readwrite, Google Reader and your social accounts like Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and more from the convenience of an app installed on your Google Android phone or tablet.

Flipboard is also available for Apple's iOS devices like iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, so you can follow your same feeds by logging into your Flipboard account on the Flipboard App for iOS.

Flipboard is also a good discovery tool for finding new blogs, and articles to read because Flipboard also suggest blogs by topic to you, and there is a search engine in Flipboard to search for new blogs to read.

The social reading feature of Facebook, Twitter, etc is good for quickly reading status updates from your friends.

It is also easy to share articles with Flipboard on social networks by clicking the share button on Flipboard to share articles on Facebook, Twitter, etc.

If you want to read the article later, you can save articles to Pocket, Instapaper, and Readability which let you save articles for offline reading when you are not connected to the internet.

Using Flipboard is pretty easy since it is like a book. You swipe your finger to the left to flip a page, and you click on the title to read the article. When you are done reading an Article you click the back button.

I like the clean magazine style layout with a picture on the side of each article. The text and font in Flipboard is also easy to read.

You can also read Twitter comments on the articles, see the number of retweets, retweet the article, favorite the article in article, and share the article online, or with other apps like Pocket, Instapaper, and Readability to read at a latter time offline.

At the bottom of the article, you can view the article on the original website by opening it on a web browser like Android Browser, Opera Mini, ect by pressing on the view original article button

Flipboard runs smooth and fast even on slower Google Android tablets like the Kobo Vox. Flipboard app has a full screen mode, so you can use your entire screen to read your news, and social feeds on Flipboard without distractions from the Android Status bar, and notifications.

Flipboard is a good app for quickly following your favorite news blogs without opening a mobile web browser, typing in the address, and reading the news on a mobile site, or worse a desktop website which is not optimized for phones and tablets which require you to zoom in and out to just read a little bit of text.

Flipboard is also great for following your friends on social networks like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, and to share websites with them you found on Flipboard from within the Facebook App.

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