Flipboard, the social newsreader that made waves for its magazine-like design and layout, finally emerged from beta today and is now available for all Android devices. An unofficial APK has been available for those people willing to sideload it, but now you can snag the app completely for free over at Google Play.
Most of the changes to the app through the beta have been under the hood to improve device compatibility and stability. The app itself looks just like its iOS cousin, and much like did back in May. Once installed, you can build your “magazine” by selecting the topics you’re interested in, like technology, science, sports, and world news. Link Flipboard with your Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Google Reader, or Flickr accounts so the app can see what your friends are reading and sharing on those networks, or log in to your Flipboard account (free and optional) to sync your magazine settings across devices.
The official launch also introduces more featured publishers into the fold, and the Cover Stories section distills all of the day’s news to just the top stories being shared by your friends. If you read a story you like and want to save, you can save it to Instapaper, Pocket, or Readability. There’s even a homescreen widget for quick access to the app.
What do you think? Have you been in the Flipboard beta, or did you snag the APK the last time we mentioned it? Perhaps you’ve been using it on iOS? Let us know what you think of today’s launch — or how the app is working for you — in the comments below.