Flipboard has long been a showcase app for iOS; the iPad in particular. When Samsung introduced its new Galaxy S III, however, it said that Flipboard would debut on the handset as an exclusive. I may have argued about the openness of Android just yesterday, but that same openness is ironically what’s allowing me to use Flipboard on my Galaxy Nexus today: SlashGear noticed that an XDA Developer forum member has a Galaxy S III and pulled a copy of the Flipboard installation file for all to use.
The 2.3 MB file can be found here as a direct download, or you can simply scan the QR code with your favorite barcode scanning application for Android. I don’t know what the minimum requirements are. Based on forum comments however, it does work on the Galaxy S II, Asus Transformer Prime, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Note, T-Mobile G2x and a number of other devices. Given the sheer number of different handsets and Android builds, the only way to know for sure if it works on your phone is to give it a try.
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If you’re not familiar with Flipboard, it’s a personalized news magazine in the palm of your hand. Although it first launched on the iPad, it eventually trickled down to the small screen of the iPhone; here’s our review. The app comes with hundreds of news sources across many categories, but you can also consume content from your Facebook or Twitter account, as well as several photo-sharing sites. What makes the app unique is the presentation style and navigation; much like paging through a book, you flip the pages of your custom magazine.