One of the more minor facets of news that came out of the Samsung Galaxy S3 launch last week was that Flipboard – the app that turns your social networks into a digital magazine – is a Galaxy S3 exclusive. Or is it? The app has just leaked out online, and here’s how to get it…
Flipboard’s deal with Samsung means that for the time being, it’ll only be officially available on Android if you’ve got a Galaxy S3. There’s no word yet on when the app will launch on Google’s platform properly, but if you want to get it early, one enterprising Android hacker has the key.
A user on the XDA forums has posted the APK online. “It’s simple, I just had a Galaxy S3 lying around and I extracted the .apk using AirDroid. So, there you go,” he says. To install it, head over to the forum (link below)and download said .apk file.
You’ll need Astro (or similar) installed to let you open the file from where you saved it, and you’ll also need to turn on the ability to ‘install apps from unknown sources’ in settings, but do that and you’re good to go.
Flipboard presents links from your Twitter and Facebook feeds in a magazine view, as well as curated content from around the web based on your selected interests.
Our first impressions of it running on Android? It’s slick, and presents a nice alternative to scouring your Twitter feed, even if it hasn’t had any Holo-inspired Android 4.0 design laid on, and does proffer an awful lot of white space between tweets. There’s support for read later services, however, which is a nice touch, while all the images fit beautifully, with no stretching or skewing to be found.
We should point out that – since this is a hacked apk – it might not be entirely safe, but it seems to be running ok for us. Want in? Get yours here:
Download: Flipboard for Android