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Last Updated: May 31st, 2012

Update: You can download the latest beta build 1.8.4 from here.

At the Galaxy S III launch event, it was revealed that the device would ship with an exclusive build of Flipboard, a fancy news reader that is wildly popular over on iOS. Not long after that, the apk was pull from the Galaxy S III ROM leak. Our own John Thompson took it for a spin and came away impressed.

But the big question was: when will we officially see Flipboard become available for more than a solitary device? We [kind-of] have an answer to that now: soon. Basically, the Flipboard crew wanted to test the application out on one device, with one resolution, and expand from there.

Thus, we can expect a beta version of the app to become available to a small number of users directly from Flipboard (it won't be in the market initially). This way, the app can be tested on multiple devices before it hits prime time. I think this is good planning on Flipboard's part, because it ensures the best chance of having a fully polished product when it does become publicly available in the Play Store.

We know how many of you are chomping at the bit for some flippy-reader-action, so we'll make sure to let you know when the beta program opens up.

[Engadget]

Cameron Summerson
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  • http://twitter.com/rauelcrespo rauelcrespo

    Works great on the Galaxy Nexus, hoping they update it to look good on tablets too!

  • ericl5112

    I wonder if they will make a tablet app.  This is the first time I've seen or heard of them using the word "devices".  They've always said "phones" till now.  The current beta is still phones only.  Looks ok on 7" and bad on 10".  Sad thing is, I see more text on the 7" 1024*600 than I do on the 10" 1280*800 thanks to they way they render text.

    Also, it looks like the beta app they are emailing out is the same or similiar to the latest leaked version.

  • http://twitter.com/Schtutz Iulian Badulescu

    The beta program is open: aplication version is Flipboard-1.8.4-63-beta-release.apk and I just received by email.

    • http://www.facebook.com/larsgbnielsen Lars Gyrup Brink Nielsen

      I just received the same version :)

  • Mikey_H

    Have been using this on rooted stock SG2 (ICS) and its great, replaced currents and the number of sites available has increased over the past 2 weeks.

    Just had an in-app update to Ver. 1.8.4 beta 1,65 and it's much quicker at loading than before but still missing the standard android 'share to' links. I really hate having to log into twitter/fb for each app if I can just share via Tweakdeck. Really hope they sort this one thing out, everything else is great.

  • Awesome Sauce

    Working great on EVOLTE!!!  The full screen option looks fantastic.

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