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Flipboard's release last summer was hotly anticipated to say the least. A recent update to utilize the screen real estate of Android tablets bumped the app up another notch, and today's update (to version 1.9.18) puts the icing on the cake. As of today, Flipboard has Daydream functionality for Android 4.2.

Daydream, when it was first introduced, seemed kind of boring (okay, you can look at a lovely animated gradient while charging). The feature was, to put it mildly, more fluff than substance. That said, as a Flipboard user, my opinion of the feature has suddenly shifted. Playing with multicolored jelly beans (while delightful) can now be replaced with actual information.

The settings for Flipboard's daydream are exceedingly simple – do you want to download new items automatically? If so, how? That's it. The actual Daydream action, though, is pleasing – headlines are presented as if you were using Flipboard, but the article's lead image glides up or down behind the words gracefully, before transitioning to the next item.

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If you're a Flipboard user lucky enough to be running Android 4.2, hit the widget below for the update.

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.

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

    See, now that's the perfect use of the new Daydream functionality of Android. Things like that would make old tablets useful again.

    • DeadSOL

      Now I want a Nexus 7 just for this! o.O'

    • Masked Avenger

      The News Republic Daydream is also nice. It's focus is more on pics rather than text. Maybe do an article comparing the News Republic, Currents and Flip board daydream functions!

  • http://twitter.com/remmbermytitans Victor Gonzalez

    Downloaded it and running it on my Nexus. Love the idea of Daydream, but sadly no one seems to be using it. Hopefully this starts a new trend.

  • jm9843

    I'll use Daydream when there's a goddamned Nexus 7 dock to purchase.

    • AndrewNeo
    • Chris

      the joys of wanting a developer only device just to please your geek friends

      • ericl5112

        Nexus devices are developer only devices? As a developer myself, I've found no proof of this.

        • Chris

          My point exactly

          • ericl5112

            Sooo, your point is that you don't have a point? You're really not articulating yourself well here.

          • Chris

            You said so your self you are a developer using a nexus phone a phone aimed at developers. Living in denial is not healthy my friend

          • ericl5112

            I quite literally do nothing on my Nexus 7 (development wise) that cannot be accomplished on my SGS1 phone. I write apps. Compile apps. Deploy apps to the device. It works on the SHS1 (not a dev phone) and the N7 (not a dev tablet). I don't have to break out code to do any normal things on my N7, or do anything developer specific if I didn't want to. Neither do the several other N7 owners I know who are not developers. I'd like you to tell me what we are doing wrong, and how this is a developer only device?

            Denial may not be healthy, I am gladly free of it. You seem to either be in denial about what a nexus device actually is, or you just like spreading FUD. Either way, there is really no reasoning with people like you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carlos.baldera.92 Carlos Baldera

    If only there was a way to schedule multiple daydream modes. As more apps start supporting it, it would be a nice feature to have later on.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    nice feature1

  • Mark Hennessey

    I already had Daydreaming set to use Currents -I'll sometimes forget about it and I'll be surprised when I see it...

    On first blush the Currents Daydream might be better than Flipboard's. Currents shows multiple tiles while Flipboard only shows one big one (at least on my Nexus 7).

    But I always come back to this: It's good to have choices...

  • Jeff B

    I use the clock daydream on my Galaxy Nexus when I am sleeping, reminds of the clock/dock mode that my Nexus One had.

  • Atila Janosi

    No news for 2 days now!?

    • Kcls

      Wondering about this too.