|Operating system||iOS,Windows 8, Android,|
Android devices, BlackBerry 10
Flipboard is a social-network aggregation, magazine-format application software for Android, Windows 8, Blackberry 10 and iOS operating systems. The software collects content from social media and other websites, presents it in magazine format, and allows users to "flip" through their social-networking feeds and feeds from websites that have partnered with the company.
Flipboard launched for the iPad and in December 2010 was updated to add support for the iPhone and iPod Touch. On May 5, 2012, it was announced that Flipboard would be released for select Android phones, beginning with the Samsung Galaxy S3. Later, on May 30, 2012, a beta version of Flipboard for Android has been released through its website. A final stable release of the Flipboard for Android was released on June 22, 2012 in Google Play while the China version of Flipboard for Android was released on June 26, 2012. The Windows 8 version of the Flipboard app was also unveiled during the Microsoft 2013 Build Conference and also on the official Flipboard blog with video although no release date has been given. On October 22, 2013, it was also announced that Flipboard for Windows 8 will be rolled out to selected devices starting with Nokia Lumia 2520 and Flipboard for Windows Phone 8, which were also unveiled during the new Nokia product launch at Abu Dhabi, UAE.
The app Flipboard was launched in 2010 by former Apple iPhone engineer, Evan Doll, and former Tellme CEO, Mike McCue. The duo set out to create an app that merged the simplicity and feel of a magazine with the accessibility and collaberation technology provides. The app integrates news from media outlets from around the world and presents it to you in a magazine formate right on your iPad. If you are interested in global economics and have a nack for photography as well, you no longer have to subscribe to two different paper magazines, all you have to do is check off both interests and Flipboard will collect all relevant articles for you in one place.
According to McCue and Doll, the idea for the application was invented during a brainstorming session between them, during which they tried to imagine what the web would look like if it were designed from scratch. The design they came up with placed emphasis on the social web and the ability to consume content in a graphical magazine-like format.
The reaction to the application was mainly positive, with some calling it a "killer" iPad application. Apple also positively reviewed it and named the application Apple's iPad App of the Year in 2010. A new update of the software added more features such as support for Google Reader, a web-based aggregator, and content from more publishers. This update also received mostly favorable reviews.
The company then released its first international edition for China. Beginning in February 2012, the company started self-censoring if the user is using the application from China. The content guide for China does not include Twitter and Facebook anymore. Existing subscriptions for Twitter or Facebook are also automatically removed.
The application's user interface is designed for intuitive flipping through content. Once the feeds have been set up, the first page seen when the application is opened is a visual list of the subscribed content. The iPhone version introduced a prominent "Cover Stories" section on the first page collating only the most recent, important items from all of the subscriptions. This is meant to be read when the user only has a short period of time for reading.
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