We knew this was going to happen sometime but was not expected this soon. Flipboard, which was going to be released exclusively for the Samsung Galaxy S III has been leaked out by a fellow XDA user ans is ready to be installed on any Android device.
Flipboard is a personalized social reader application and is massively popular on the iOS platform, currently available for the iPad & iPhone. The application was considered to be one of THE reasons to have an iDevice and we Android users were seriously jealous of this exclusivity. Seeing this as an opportunity, Samsung tied up with Flipboard to bring the app exclusively for some time to the Galaxy S III for the phone’s promotion.
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The APK has been posted on XDA by an fellow Android enthusiast. Using the above link, either download it on your computer and transfer it to your phone or directly download it from your phone and install it. Root is not required.
The application lets you browse your favorite blogs categorized by different topics. It also features some a beautiful User Interface and gestures. Apart from just reading blogs, it can also integrate with Google Reader, LinkedIn, Instagram, Flickr, Tumblr and even 500px.
Enjoy the application on your phone. However, I did not find any widget for the application on my S II. Maybe, it’s not available in the leaked app. Seems like that future Galaxy S III owners will after all have something exclusively available to them. 😉
EDIT: For the widget to work, Flipboard app needs be installed as a system application, which requires your phone to be rooted. Using any file explorer that’s capable of accessing root directories, copy and paste the APK in the /system/app folder. Next, install it from there.
I highly recommend MIUI file explorer app (free) for this!
Creation of a New Account
For creating a new account, tap on the search icon / red ribbon on the upper left > Browse to Accounts > Flipboard Account > Create.
The app is not free of bugs yet. Unlike what other blogs are reporting, I experienced some crashes and few display bugs inside the app. But then, it’s an unofficial leak and so we have not a single reason to complain.
Goodbye Google Currents, Say Hello to Flipboard!