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Flipboard unofficially gifted to all Android users

by Kristen Nicole

Image from SlashGearFlipboard appeared on its first Android device last week, with an exclusive launch on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III. But an .APK leak from a demo phone at Samsung’s Galaxy event has gifted Flipboard to all Android users. An XDA-Developer forum user, thought to use the name Valcho, nabbed the .APK from an S III demo phone in London last week, making it available to anyone willing to install it on their Android device. And fortunately it’s a relatively easy install.

If you head to XDA from your phone’s browser, you can download the file directly, automatically prompting app installation. Easy as pie. You can sign-in to an existing Flipboard accounts or create a new one, and get to flipping. The popular iOS app is a social news reader that’s known for its aesthetic display of content, spanning popular news sites and your own social graph across Facebook, Twitter and more.

Once it’s officially unleashed in the Google Play store, you can bet Flipboard will be a top app for Android users, who’ve grown accustomed to receiving late versions of successful iPhone apps like Instagram. That will spell trouble for other social news readers on Android, like Pulse, Taptu and others.

Galaxy S III official Olympics 2012 phone

In other news, the Samsung Galaxy S III is already being promoted as the official phone for the 2012 Olympics, even before it hits stores. The S III will come pre-loaded with Visa’s mobile payment app PayWave, giving Olympics attendees an easy way to make purchases for food and memorabilia. Both Samsung and Visa are sponsoring this Galaxy S III promotion, starting in London, where the Olympics will take place.

It seems the Galaxy S III has become the latest poster child for Samsung and the Android platform, packing a lot of new features, including Siri-like voice interaction, into the well-equipped smartphone. The S III’s wireless charging kit is expected to be a game changer, though it could be delayed until several months after the S III hits stores.

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