Probably a favorite and widely used app for both my phone and tablet has been Flipboard. Since its release earlier this year, it has quickly become a favored casual reader for me in the morning. A feature available only for iOS users is now available for us on Android now as well. Soundcloud provides support for music while using the application.
I was unable to enjoy the spoken items. I have a hard time reading and having someone talking in my ear at the same time, but for those that can handle the multi tasking, this becomes a better single application experience. Sure we can multitask and have our radios playing, but I like the course an application like this takes in allowing us to consolidate our listening and browsing.
Along with listening, users can tap on the music icon, once a channel is selected, like the music, skip to the next selection, and share it with others either via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Google Plus. I was able to sit and enjoy the NPR station, some RZA, and some reading samples in my testing time. Being a more avid listener to heavy metal, I found my choices limited. I would like to see wider genres available ranging from rock, to techno, dub-step and classical soft listening. Content providers are sure to want to put content on Flipboard so that will continue to expand now that a multitude of Android users are included with this little bit of innovation.
Here is everything that's new with the latest update for those keeping score:
- Now you have a soundtrack for your Flipboard. Listen to segments from NPR Fresh Air, PRI’s The World, and lots more great audio content.
- Discover, like and share music from your friends on SoundCloud.
- Bug fixes and performance improvements.
Pulse, Taptu, and others are providing great alternates to Flipboard. These devices were made for content consumption and choice will be king in this space. You are all welcome to share your favorite in the comments. I use them all, but the thought behind Flipboard has been above the board over the others, in my modest opinion.