Flipboard version 2.0 has been released for iOS devices (Android users will have to wait another month). The upgrade allows users to save their favorite articles, photos, audio and video in folders called "Magazines". Users can keep their magazines private or share them with family and friends via Twitter or email.
Creating a magazine is easy: Just tap the + button at the bottom of any article and write a title and description for your magazine. Your magazine and saved articles will then be stored under the "My Flipboard" panel in the Options Menu. To share a magazine, just tap its cover under the "My Magazines" section, and select share. This is a great tool for saving articles you don't have time to read or finish reading.
Google’s Vice President of Product Management Bradley Horowitz announced that Google has partnered with Flipboard to integrate Google+ into the news reader. Flipboard is a popular mobile news magazine for Android and iOS devices. It already features Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram feeds. Google plans to add even more content to Flipboard via its new Google+ APIs.
Google recently redesigned its Google+ app after it was poorly received. Horowitz told LeWeb founder Loic Le Meur that the revamped iOS and Android applications have boosted interaction and have been well received by users. However, Google partnering with Flipboard suggests all is not well for Google in the social news reader world.
Flipboard CEO Mike McCue said an iPhone Flipboard app was the number one request from iPad users. Too bad all 4.2 million of them decided to download the app on its first day, leaving newer non-iPad owners wondering what all the fuss is about.
The popular iPad app is so popular on the iPhone, that it crashed the Flipboard servers making it impossible to create a new account. New users are receiving an error message that reads: "Couldn't build your Flipboard. Please check your internet connection and try again."
Flipboard tweeted "Due to high demand, our service is currently down, we are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible."
Version 1.7 turns your "social-network posts, photos and videos into a magazine-like visual experience" on your iPhone. Well, according to USA Today it does. I have to take their word for it because like many users I can't get Flipboard to work on my iPhone 4S.