Flipboard, the popular app that allows you to create a “personal magazine” from your favorite news sources, is finally available on Windows Phone. It is completely free to download and compatible with devices running Windows Phone 8.1, but some users say it’s not quite ready for prime time just yet.
Flipboard has been a big success since making its debut on iOS way back in 2010 when it was named Apple’s iPad “App of the Year,” but it has been somewhat slow to reach other platforms. It took two years for the service to arrive on Android, and another two more for it to finally come to Windows Phone. But now it’s here.
If you’re unfamiliar with Flipboard, it’s a terrific news reader that puts all the latest stories from your favorite news sources inside a handy personal magazine, so that you can enjoy them all in one place. Flipboard lets you search for your favorite sites, or you can browse a selection of highlights handpicked by its editorial team.
Your magazines are then created for you automatically, so while you’re on your commute to work or relaxing on the couch after a hard day, all you need to do is open up the app to catch up with what’s going on in the world. Not every Windows Phone device is compatible just yet, however.
You need the latest Windows Phone 8.1 software to get the Flipboard app, and it doesn’t yet support low-memory devices, so handsets like the Lumia 520 aren’t compatible. Flipboard has confirmed, however, that it is working with Microsoft to change that.
Those who do have a supported device may find that Flipboard still isn’t quite as stable as you might expect. Many users are reporting bugs and random crashes in the reviews section, and the app’s average rating at this point is just 3 out of 5 stars. Hopefully, those teething troubles will be ironed out quickly.
Don’t let that put you off, though. See how your device handles Flipboard by downloading it from the Windows Store now.