(NEW YORK) — The social news magazine Flipboard, one of the most popular apps for the iPhone and iPad, is finally heading to Android phones.
“People are using Flipboard on one out of every 10 iPads right now,” Flipboard co-founder and CEO Mike McCue told ABC News. “We looked at the Android device specifically, and all the different screen sizes, and made sure Flipboard would look great on all those different types of phones.”
Flipboard was released for the iPad in 2010 and then for the iPhone a few months later. The app allows users to sign in to their Facebook, Twitter, or other supported social accounts, and it displays the status updates, links and pictures in an interactive magazine format. With the Android app, Flipboard also added a Flipboard widget that updates with new stories.
The Android app looks a lot like the iPhone app in terms of look and feel.
However, there is one big missing piece with Flipboard’s new Android offering — an Android tablet app. While Flipboard is incredibly popular on the iPad, the Android app wasn’t built or designed for larger-screened Android devices. The phone app doesn’t display as much on the screen as the tablet app. However, the phone app will also be available for the Kindle Fire and the Nook Tablet.
“We are still in a wait-and-see mode with Android tablets,” Flipboard co-founder Evan Doll said. “The iPad is the flagship tablet and we are going to stay focused on it.”
Flipboard will be available starting today for free in the Google Play Store, Amazon Appstore for Android, and the Barnes & Noble NOOK Store.
Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio
Parija Kavilanz, CNN
Paul R. La Monica, CNN