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You’ll find the Flipboard app in the AppStore or Google Play, free of charge, presenting itself as your personal magazine. Which sounds really nice. Anyone who has ever bought a magazine could probably vouch for the fact that various times we encounter news pieces and most of all ads, that are of no interest to us. But we buy the magazine anyway.
So how about a magazine you could organize yourself, built up only by the subjects you are interested in, that you could easily carry around anywhere with you, since it’s on your phone?
Right now we’re in the middle of organizing this year’s Android Development Master Course here at tapptitude. We’ve sent out a form and invited everyone interested to sign up tell us what their capabilities and interests are. Also, what apps they most frequently use. Three out of ten participants have mentioned the Flipboard app. Which of course, spiked our interest and made us give it a try ASAP.
Your very own Flipboard magazine
The Flipboard iOS and Android mobile app is a mobile device magazine just as you would imagine it. But a complex one at that. The Home menu is of course the news feed, made up of articles based on the preferences you’ve selected when first using the app. The app’s tab bar further consists of a Following menu (where you can keep up with all the people and topics you follow or social media accounts you’ve linked the app with), a Search menu and a Notifications menu. Lastly you’ll find the your Profile, that you can customize to your liking. You can organize the articles you’ve liked into magazines, which we thought is really cool.
Now onto the articles. They’re nicely set up, really easy to read through, with nice pictures and all. You can share them via email or social media, you can like them (which will send them to your liked articles list in your Profile) or comment on them. Or even more so, you can add the article to your very own magazine, which in turn can be followed by other people, just as you can with any magazines you come across in the app.
We like how nice the Flipboard app is built, so that the main focus is the user’s thirst for accurate and interesting information. The way the app works is really easy to come by. All is left for you to do is flip through your favorite online magazines, or even better, create your very own magazines – just the way you’ve always wished for them to be.
The articles are really nice as well. First of all we appreciate how accurate the news feed is to a user’s interests. Every magazine has their own precise style, but every article is a pleasure to read through. With a few flips of a finger you’ve made it to the end of the article; go back and forth as much as you have to. When you’re done, just swipe right to get back to the news feed.
Fine-tune your Flipboard
Very smart move, Flipboard – and highly appreciated by your user base, we’re sure. In the top-right corner of any article you’ll find a downward pointed small arrow. Click it and let Flipboard know how you feel about this article: if you want the app to show you more similar articles, or less of them.
In all honesty, we couldn’t find anything we didn’t like about the Flipboard iOS and Android mobile app. It’s easy to use, it’s intuitive and a pleasure to work with. It’s the perfect on the go magazine and we’re really excited about using it day in and day out.
(Note: We are not affiliated or endorsed by this app. We just really love mobile apps and we want to share them with the world and give people great mobile experiences)