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'Flipboard' Comes to iPhone with Phil Schiller's Endorsement

Popular social magazine service Flipboard today announced the release of a universal version of its previous iPad app, adding compatibility for the iPhone and iPod touch. Flipboard allows users to collect information from various sources including social networks, news sites, and blogs, presenting the content in an easy-to-browse magazine style. Highlights of the new universal app include:
- Social Networks: Enjoy everything in one place from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Instagram, Google Reader, Flickr and 500px.
- Cover Stories: Get a quick update on interesting stories and photos from all your social networks and favorite Flipboard content.
Flipboard Accounts: Access to all the favorite content and social networks you saved on the iPad edition of Flipboard with a Flipboard Account.
- Content Guide: Browse recommended reading. Use + to add to your Flipboard.
- Search Bar: Find social conversations, posts and feeds from any person or publication and on any topic. For example, search “Cinemagraph” and get results from Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, RSS and Instagram.
- Share Everywhere: Just one tap to share, like or comment to add to the conversation on the social network an item was posted to.
- Fast Flip: Scan through pages as quickly as you can with just a flick of a thumb.
- Read later: Use Instapaper or Read It Later to mark stories you want to save.
Highlighting interest in the new iPhone version, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller posted a relatively rare Tweet from his account this morning to report that the new iPhone version of Flipboard is "very nice".


Flipboard has proven popular with other users as well, with The Next Web noting that Flipboard today announced total downloads for the iPad version of 4.5 million, making the app installed on more 10% of all iPads. The company obviously believes that the new universal app will help bring Flipboard to an even larger number of users, while also offering current users of the iPad version more flexibility to also access their content on their smaller devices.

Update: As Flipboard acknowledges in a Tweet, the service is currently experiencing difficulties due to high traffic from the iPhone launch.
Due to high demand, our service is currently down, we are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

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31 months ago

Currently it's not building my clipboard.. guessing too many people doing it.

However, wouldn't it be awesome if Apple bought out Flipboard (or similar) to actually build into the iOS?

Basically no one uses the search when you swipe right on the home screen. There would be an awesome location to put it. This would compete against widgets on Android in a cool way.

This actually wouldn't be too shabby. I approve.
Rating: 5 Positives
31 months ago
Currently it's not building my clipboard.. guessing too many people doing it.

However, wouldn't it be awesome if Apple bought out Flipboard (or similar) to actually build into the iOS?

Basically no one uses the search when you swipe right on the home screen. There would be an awesome location to put it. This would compete against widgets on Android in a cool way.
Rating: 5 Positives
31 months ago
Flipboard is gorgeous. Like reading a magazine.
Rating: 4 Positives
31 months ago

Flipboard is gorgeous. Like reading a magazine.


The design reminds me of the new Windows phone interface, except the content doesn't run off the screen.
Rating: 4 Positives
31 months ago

Servers are to crowded right now?
I can't make an account it times out.

Other people are reporting this too.
:/


Yep, doesn't work at all right now. Shame. Suppose Schiller should have checked to see if they had adequate server performance before endorsing anything, eh?
Rating: 3 Positives
31 months ago
They should have built in some sort of notifier to alert users who don't use tech blogs that "servers busy, try again in a few hours".

Pretty uninformed error.
Rating: 3 Positives
31 months ago

For new users it still appears to be broken, can't get in for the first time. You think they would of prepared better for launching this their obviously popular app on the iPhone.


Yeah - it's a free app, but doesn't exempt it from being flamed through a poor launch.
Rating: 2 Positives
31 months ago
For new users it still appears to be broken, can't get in for the first time. You think they would of prepared better for launching this their obviously popular app on the iPhone.
Rating: 2 Positives
31 months ago
Took me a while to find the application settings!

They aren't present on the main screen after swiping left, or in the Settings app, but if you flip down from the main screen, you'll see the settings icon at the very bottom.

Here, you can among other things configure the Google Reader support to automatically mark pages as read when you flip them. Essential for my kind of usage. I can't stand having to actually open all articles to mark them as read, and I can't believe this is the default mode. You can also make it only show unread pages there. Note: This feature only applies to Google Reader. It won't keep track of e.g. what you've read on Twitter, and never did, unfortunately.

Having it configured like this, I read my Google Reader pretty fast! I think faster than in Reeder at least, especially since it often presents (and thus marks as read) more than one article summary at a time. In case I'm just skimming news, this is a powerful and fast tool for me. iPad is even better, since it presents even more news at a time.

No idea how it compares to Pulse though, since I've never used it. I'm very happy with Flipboard though. Especially with its broad support of services. No need to import RSS feeds from Reader, since it supports Reader directly. Rudimentary Facebook support with likes and comments, and you can post to Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr from it, including photos! It's really versatile.
Rating: 2 Positives
31 months ago

Flipboard was a major reason to get an iPad over an Android tablet.

Now Google Currents is out, and it looks pretty good (http://lifehacker.com/5866588/google-currents-is-a-gorgeous-magazine+style-newsreader-for-ios-and-android). It runs on everything from tablets to phones, on Android or iOS. I'm trying it out now.

Anyone else tried it yet?

Google copied someone else's great idea and stuck their own brand name on top?

You don't say...
Rating: 2 Positives

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