Although it is one of the most popular apps on any mobile platform, the Android version of the Flipboard news magazine has just received a pretty notable update, taking it to version 1.9.7. The Android version of the app has enjoyed significant success with millions of downloads since the original launch, picking up a number of design and technical accolades along the way. This latest update is a continuation of the devs dedication to providing the best news reading experience available.
First and foremost the update brings fantastic new soundtrack features to the application. As well as reading and flipping through great aggregated content, users can also add a little bit of audio to the experience with voice segments from the likes of NPR Fresh Air and lots of other content providers. The addition of audio makes perfect sense and can be thought of as the natural progression for an application that already had standard news coverage perfected.
The music and audio theme is carried out throughout the application with the integration of SoundCloud features. Users can now use Flipboard to discover, like and share music from connected friends accounts who use the SoundCloud service. Content within the application is also broken down into titled sections that make things a lot easier to find what interests us. Sections like sports, books, topical news and others make discovering great articles extremely easy.
The obligatory bug fixes, app enhancements and minor user interface changes are also evident throughout the application and included in the official change log, polishing off what is a great little update for Android Flipboard users. For those that may not have experience Flipboard, it can be thought of as a digital magazine experience that contains great and interesting stories from all over the world covering almost any topic.
A large variety of big news outlets are covered by Flipboard, but it is possibly the reading experience and lifelike magazine interface that makes the app stand out from the rest. Plus, the ability to see information pulled from Twitter, Instagram and other social accounts as well as saving content to services such as Readability, Pocket and Instapaper makes it a must have news based app.
(Source: Flipboard on Google Play Store)
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