Well Flipboard has around 20 million active users, although that was as of this summer when they launched on Android and the app was exclusive to the Galaxy S3. Now they've probably doubled in users. So why not make their app tablet optimized? Today Flipboard did just that. They announced that their app is now compatible with tablets, and it looks great.
The update is now live in the Play Store if you want to give a try on your tablet. It also brings more tiles to those with 10-inch tablets like the Galaxy Note 10.1 or the Nexus 10. Your favorite Flipboard widget is still available for tablets as well. There's also a version specific for 7-inch tablets like the Nexus 7, and Kindle Fire. Which is always great to see, that makes the app look that much better. It may not be your favorite news app, but it is one of the best out there. After the recent Currents update, I switched back to Currents and I love it. But of course I'll have to try the new Flipboard on my Nexus 7.
As we said before the update is live in the Play Store right now, but the changelog does not appear to have been updated:
What's in this version:
- Bug fixes.
Yeah this update is a little more than bugfixes, right? You can check out the full press release down below.
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
So who's checked out the new tablet-friendly version of Flipboard? Let us know what you think of the update in the comments below.