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Well folks, it's finally (officially) here. Since it was yanked from the S3 (and put through a beta period), Android users have been anticipating the "Social Magazine" which has already seen great success on iOS. The app, which is billed as "the one thing to simplify your daily life," hit the Play Store tonight, bringing a social news reader with an innovative user interface to Android users everywhere.

For those unfamiliar with Flipboard, the app allows users to not only read news related to their favorite topics, but to share what they're reading and "be amazed by what [they] see when everything people are sharing, collecting, and publishing in every moment comes together in a single place." Users can connect Flipboard to 12 social networks ranging from Twitter and Facebook to Instagram, Google+, YouTube, Google Reader, and more. The app's interface provides visually rich information at a quick glance, and features constantly updated Cover Stories.

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The app also has a handy Content Guide to help users discover new content. Best of all, Flipboard is free and available in 14 localized editions including those for Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Spain, Taiwan, the U.S. and the U.K.

If you haven't already, click through the widget below to get a hold of one of the best social news readers ever created.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Alvin B.

    Still ignoring tablet users.

    • kindrudekid

      i concur!

    • Daniel McDermott

      Just checking the comments to see if tablet support is available, quite a missed opportunity here for Flipboard.  Ahh well, I still enjoy Taptu on my Prime, even if it isn't as pretty.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        I'm sure they're working on that.

        • ericl5112

          Hopefully they don't wait for a big galaxy tab launch to give samsung another chance at a timed exclusive.  I'd hope it's sooner than that.

      • kindrudekid

        well it still looks awesome!

    • Stephane Boisvert

      I just installed it on my Motorola Atrix and my Acer Iconia Tab 500 (in Canada). 

      Don't know why some are reporting not being able to install it on tablets.

    • Cuvis

      It installed to my CyanogenMod-running HP Touchpad without issue. I'll need to wait until I get home to try it, though.

  • Fredrik Andersson

    Having some trouble getting my G+ and Youtube account in there.. just getting an login error. I'm using 2-step verification, might that be it?

    • Norbert

       obviously. you need to create a passcode for flipboard if you're using two-way auth.

  • SebaKL

    Something wrong with the screenshot above. Flipboard only allowed 4 pages, while the screenshot shows 5 of 10. 

  • tomcat

    The article says that Flipboard can connect to Google Reader. Does that mean full two-way sync all read and unread articles?

    • Paul_Werner

      This is the only reason why I didn't stick with it. At least when it was pre Play Store it didn't full two-way sync all read and unread articles. (this is the usual reason why I only stick with the Google Reader app... that and how much quicker it loads my feeds)

      • Shaeflan

        It does sync with Google Reader just very slowly. I've been using it on an iPhone for about a year now and it's implemented much better on iOS. It syncs immediately and the layout of controls is much better. It's a damn shame because I like using it on my Galaxy Note but as far as I'm concerned it should still be in beta.

  • eman

    The widget is kind of pointless if it does not cycle through the articles. What is the point of it sitting on the same article. Then it just becomes a a pretty, extra large shortcut!

  • Cjwalker24

    It can be installed on tablets but its not optimized for tablets. The ipad version of flipboard is incredibly well done.

  • IceBeam

    True. I'm amazed it doesn't work on tablets. And I'm amazed at their incompetent menu system. perhaps that's how they do it on Apple but it doesn't apps muster on the Android.

    • TheoreticalJerk

      ...because app menus in Android are consistant and intuitive.  *rolls eyes*  Consistency is one of Androids biggest problems.

  • Mrose

    This is one amazing app. 

  • http://twitter.com/Dave_BG Dave Bg

    The previous version worked. This one greeted me with message that HW acceleration is not supported... what fail.

  • Psychotropy101

    I downloaded it for the Transformer Prime, and it'd be pretty good if it were optimized for tablets...sadly, it is not...They really dropped the ball here. Hopefully they will fix soon...