03
May
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Yet another perk to the Galaxy S III (like we needed more), Flipboard, a popular iOS app for aggregating and reading news feeds, is going to be an SGSIII exclusive for a short period, before landing on the Play Store. Just like the iOS reader, you can integrate various news feeds, as well as feeds from your social networks, and control them all with a gesture-based interface.

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No word yet on how long Samsung will have the exclusive on this app. We imagine it won't be too long, though. Samsung already has a plethora of intriguing features that make this device seem extra enticing. Holding one app hostage probably won't be that critical to Sammy. In the meantime, feel free to continue drooling over this device and all its perks.

If you're eager for the non-SGSIII version, you can sign up to receive an email when it lands on the Play Store here.

Source: Slashgear

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • stoney1973

    You mean until the first leaked S3 rom appears and the apk is liberated.....

  • http://www.facebook.com/kam.w.siu Kam Siu

    it'll be ripped and the apk will be on web in matter of seconds

  • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

    The apk will be ripped and on xda before you say 'fragmentation'.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maclovio-Williams/100002087191236 Maclovio Williams

    Google currents better step it's game up

  • Flaime DeFeo

    It'll be on the interwebz by like May 25th

  • Palmer Nyako

     This exclusivity is what makes android a hassle sometimes.

  • ericl5112

    "select phones" I hate that.  It's a cop out for lazy programming usually, probably non-scaleable layouts or something.  What does flipboard use that can't be made universal?  I doubt it's anything low level.

    That, and the "phones" makes me mad.  Flipboard sucks on iPhone, why would it be better on android phones.  It needs a tablet version.  The reason I am ranting about this, we see this too often.  Dev comes from iOS to android, provides a significantly lesser experience to android users, and then leaves complaining that nobody on android uses their service that they did a terrible job porting.

    Sigh...

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      Man, you crossed into Hater territory quick. Nowhere in the article, or the linked Slashgear source, did anybody use the words 'Select Phones', it's just a short-term exclusive. I get your point, and even agree with it, but you don't know that they are doing anything bad here. As I see it, Samsung probably offered them a sweet little payout to score a short exclusivity on a relatively popular app and they saw no reason to hold back.

      • ericl5112

        You didn't get the full story.

        http://flipboard.com/android/

        That's what I was talking about. Straight from flipboard themselves:

        "In the coming months Flipboard will be available on select Android mobile phones."

        Don't jump on me and call me a hater so fast next time. I just might have read something you hadn't. It won't be exclusive to the SGS3 for long, but it doesn't look like it will be available to everything, and tablets were specifically excluded. I bet that flipboard will be abandonware on android within a year. I really hate to say it, but it's a trend I feel we see too often. I hope I'm wrong, I really do. I loved flipboard on my iPad, and I probably will again when I get the new iPad. I do wish it was on my far more used Transformer though.

        • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

          Sorry about that, the negative attitude and quoting of something that wasn't mentioned (why not, it's something I would mention if writing about it) in either article leads one to assume typical hater trolling...my mistake.

          I'm running out the door right now, but I want to add, this is a trend that's also very common and visible on Windows Phone. I'm not inclined to associate it with failures of the ecosystems in either marketplace; I see it as individually popular and fairly loud companies that had great success on their platform because of timing and market conditions (notice, most of them were first to market or were unusually lucky on iOS compared to their competitors). Because of their standing and notoriety, they attracted attention by coming to Android/WP and when it doesn't fly, they do. For as many failures (or soon to be failures) as we've seen, there's just as many successes like Evernote, Angry Birds, Soundhound, Springpad, etc...Put simply, there's more money in reporting about bad news and failures (it increases ad revenue to blogs). Worth noting, we can't forget that Apple also unfairly inflates the success of certain apps by promoting them very heavily in their store.

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