Flipboard app brings personalized news e-zine to Android tablets

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
Flipboard is now available on Android tablets, including the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

The digital, personalized news magazine Flipboard made the jump to Android tablets Thursday.

Flipboard found its new home just days before the holidays, when Flipboard Head of International Development Eric Alexander expects an influx of Android tablets to arrive under trees and in stockings.

Alexander said in a statement, "As more people buy Android tablets for themselves or others over the holidays, we wanted to make sure Flipboard is part of their tablet experience and deliver on a top request from our readers," as reported by CNET.

Flipboard began life as an iOS app over two years ago, and over the summer it became available for Android smartphones, Amazon's Kindle Fire line and Barnes and Noble's Nook e-readers.

Your personal digital magazine

Flipboard serves as a visual aggregator for both "world news" and "social news," according to its official Google Play page description.

Users can sign into their various social accounts and tell Flipboard what subjects they care about (i.e. video games, marine biology, etc.).

Flipboard then creates a custom e-zine tailored to your tastes, pulling news, photos and updates from sources ranging from the BBC, National Geographic and The Verge to Instagram and Twitter.

And best of all, Flipboard is free on all platforms.

Flipboard goes big

The new Android tablet Flipboard app sports custom page layouts for the devices' wider screens, which will reportedly make room for longer article excerpts and other improvements.

According to CNET, Flipboard has been working with Samsung for a year to ensure that the app is up-to-snuff on Samsung's numerous Android tablets.

In August, Flipboard celebrated its second anniversary and revealed that it had 20 million users.

Michael Rougeau

Michael Rougeau is a former freelance news writer for TechRadar. Studying at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Northeastern University, Michael has bylines at Kotaku, 1UP, G4, Complex Magazine, Digital Trends, GamesRadar, GameSpot, IFC, Animal New York, @Gamer, Inside the Magic, Comic Book Resources, Zap2It, TabTimes, GameZone, Cheat Code Central, Gameshark, Gameranx, The Industry, Debonair Mag, Kombo, and others.

Micheal also spent time as the Games Editor for Playboy.com, and was the managing editor at GameSpot before becoming an Animal Care Manager for Wags and Walks.