Flipboard Unofficially Arrives on Android
Once exclusive to Apple iOS devices and the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III, Flipboard is now unofficially available for Android users, thanks to XDA forum user Valcho who managed to get his hands on a Samsung Galaxy S III and extracted the .apk.
According to TechCrunch, the 2.32MB APK should install on any Android device. The downloading and installing process can be completed in a few steps. All you need to do is to access the XDA forum here on your phone's browser, download the .apk and install it. The whole process only took us a couple of minutes to download and install on the Samsung Galaxy Note and HTC One X.
Our initial impressions were very positive. Flipboard ran quite smoothly on both devices although the viewing experience was definitely better on the Samsung Galaxy Note due to the larger 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED display. Valcho's next mission is to extract the Samsung S Voice .apk and make it available for non-Samsung Galaxy S III users.
The hacking attempt is not the first we've encountered. When Apple launched the iPhone 4S with Siri, developer Steven Troughton-Smith was quick to jailbreak the phone and port the proper files for Apple's servers to authenticate requests from an iPhone 4, thus ending the exclusivity of Siri to the iPhone 4S.