One of the things that surprised us most at Samsung’s Galaxy S III last week wasn’t the appearance of presenter Suzi Perry or the Korean company’s voice-controlled Siri alternative; it was the appearance of Flipboard for Android. The news reader has been available only on iOS devices since its debut, but it was set to arrive on Android this month with exclusivity to the Galaxy S III for the first few months.
However, it seems someone has rained on Samsung’s parade. The official Flipboard for Android application has made its way on to the XDA Developers forums, meaning it’s now available to download for anyone with an Android handset. And according to The Verge, it works pretty well, too:
We grabbed the app and loaded it onto an HTC One X, where it runs totally smoothly, and it’s worth noting that xda’s forum members say it runs just as well on older handsets like the original Galaxy S.
Like Flipboard on iOS, getting set up is as simple as picking the topics you’re interested in. The app will then present you with a selection of stories in each category, allowing you to flick through the headlines and delve deeper into the articles that catch your eye.
I didn’t get a lot of time with Flipboard for Android during Samsung’s event, but from what I could tell, it’s going to be just as awesome as its iOS counterpart. If you’d like to get your hands on it now, simply install the APK over on the XDA Developers forums. Be sure that your Android device is authorized to install apps that weren’t obtained from Google Play within its settings menu.
Have you tried Flipboard for Android yet?
[via The Verge]