Hands on with the Flipboard application for BlackBerry 10

By James Richardson on 30 Sep 2013 10:31 am EDT
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As we mentioned a short while ago, the Flipboard application is available to download, but currently only if you have a BlackBerry Z30. With BlackBerry 10.2 rolling out soon I'm pretty sure that the app will become available for all devices but in the meantime here's just a quick look at the app in action if you haven't seen it before. 

If you haven't used Flipboard before I suppose the easiest way for me to sum it up is that it is almost a magazine style app but it also allows you to integrate your social networks so you can view all your interests in one place. Once you launch the app for the first time you'll need to create an account - which only takes a minute. Then you will be presented with a list of categories which you can select if they are ones you would like to see appear in the app. With 12 social networks being available for integration you can (if you want) get all your news and updates from your social feeds right from within Flipboard. 

As you will see in the above video - the application gets its name from the way that you change pages. It's just a case of performing an upwards gesture on the screen and the story will flip to the next. What's beautiful about this is the smoothness of the animation and you can swipe as fast or as slow as you like. 

Highlights of Flipboard include: 

  • With news and social networks all in one place, it's easy to quickly catch up on the news you care about. 
  • Search for anything—people, topics, hashtags, blogs, your favorite sites—and flip through articles, updates, photos and videos in a beautiful magazine format. 
  • Connect Flipboard to up to 12 social networks, streamlining your reading and activities like commenting, liking and sharing. Services include Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, Google Reader, LinkedIn, Flickr, 500px, Sina Weibo and Renren. 
  • Use Cover Stories, a custom tile on Flipboard that gives you the best of everything you follow on Flipboard. Cover Store is a quick dose of what's happening now a constantly updated selection of articles, photos and videos shared by your friends. 
  • Save anything to read later using Instapaper, Pocket and Readability. 
  • Create a Flipboard account to access your favorite content and social networks on different or shared devices. 
  • Enjoy Flipboard in 15 localized editions—for Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Spain, Taiwan, U.S. and U.K.
  • Explore hundreds of staff picks in the Content Guide, including must-read magazines and blogs, gorgeous photography and special curated sections devoted to the news of the day and other topics of interest.

Flipboard is a free download so as soon as it is available for your BlackBerry I would urge you to give it a try. Note, previously we mentioned this was a native app. It is not, it's an Android port but it works incredibly well.

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Hands on with the Flipboard application for BlackBerry 10

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Native. You can always sideload the port until this is available for your device

Posted via a Verizon Z10 on 10.2.0.1725 (pure) thru CB10. My channel: c0004f9bb

This post needs to be corrected. It is not a native application. Theres a difference between native and android port and this is the latter. Before I even started the video I was like why is this titled native when theres obviously an android bar at the bottom.

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It's not fucking native. CrackBerry just fishing for clicks and views. If you have other explanation Crackberry i'm listening.

Lol! I'm not a fan if this first thing but I have to do it once. Epic. Bbm X platform. Oops..i mean fail. Too soon?

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Didn't realize it was native. Are you sure? there is an android bar at the bottom.

Yes I got it from Appworld yesterday.

Def not native, you can see the android bar which brings you back to the active frames screen if you hit back in the flipboard home screen

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If I were to guess, I would say it's available natively within BlackBerry World without the need to sideload, but the app is still converted android app?

Flipboard doesn't require a back button for navigation, so there's no reason they'll want the bar there. When James tapped the back icon, it closes the app, like how Android apps behave. All intents and purposes, the app behaves exactly like how the sideload version would.

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James, this app is not native since it has that bottom bar. I have it too and it's I'm sure it's an Android port. Just because it is in the App world doesn't mean it is native.

I have a Z10 and side loaded it and it really is a great app just do the same until the official release

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It's an android port. Besides the bar, if you use the share icon, it pulls up the android share app not the native share app. And lastly if you have installed an android keyboard to fix the instagram keyboard that's the same keyboard that pulls up when you use the app. So it's definitely an android port. That said, it is waaaaay smoother than many native apps. Smoother than the side load on the z30 as well. Must have been tweaked.

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It's not NATIVE!!!!!! It's an android port which runs very smooth!

Just because you can download it in BBworld does not make it native. Lol. FAIL..

Z10_10.2.0.1xxx

It's an Android port. If you look in the info screen it states they ported it using apk2bar.net. And yes, as with all the others stating, the Android Runtime bar is present which is the other big indication.

Available in App World is a plus though, as I caught the leak for my Z10 before they pulled it and it's upgraded as the Flipboard app upgrades too. Nicer than converting the apk myself on each update.

As much as I like James I'm really starting to question if he knows the difference between native BlackBerry apps and smooth android ports. Lmfao

Z10_10.2.0.1xxx

Let's look at the bright side. The app was so smooth and ran so well that it ran as though it was a native app. I think that goes to show how great the Android experience can be on BlackBerry 10.

That is definitely a bright side. I'm running a 10.2 leak and aside from the slight UI inconsistencies, many Android apps do run as smoothly as native.

Okay everyone this app is an ANDROID PORT. He is calling it native because it is available in BlackBerry World now. It is NOT made with Cascades.

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I've sideloaded it onto my on before and it works fine apart from it not quite knowing whether to load landscape or portrait when you open it up.

Posted via CB10

Both versions I've sideload from the site goodereader.com are buggy and laggy.

Is this version any different? Have you tried it on the PlayBook yet?

Posted via CB10

Hmm searching through the blogs looks like cb10 is native. Could have sworn their early announcements (viewed in the PlayBook version) said it was a port but guess they either changed their mind or my memory is playing tricks on me.

Guys... a native BlackBerry App is an app using Cascades menu. if you swipe from top to bottom and you see a back button and a question tag button it means that is an android port. You can download this android port app from the BlackBerry World or sideload it using the good tool. Android port means more battery usage, more cpu usage and worst...no BB10 integration. To summarize... beurk android port...

Posted via CB10

The black bar means nothing! As someone has already pointed out, the CB app has a bar at the bottom. Is that an Android port?

Posted via CB10

Hmm searching through the blogs looks like cb10 is native as you say. Could have sworn their early announcements (viewed in the PlayBook version) said it was a port but guess they either changed their mind or my memory is playing tricks on me.

Anyone notice the led was flashing white and not red?

Posted via CB10 using my flick-ity keyboard :D.

Really? Native? Comon guys, you should know better. It's a PORT, nuff said.

Z10STL100-3/10.2.0.1725

Am I the only one who doesn't seem to care what James is trying to demo in these last few vids?? I just keep drooling over that Z30!! HAHAHAHA!!

Do not like the look and feel of a ported app.

I moved to Seattle 8 years ago, but I'm not native, no matter how familiar I am with the area. I will never be native. Same goes for ported apps.

Flip board is whizzy and it sort of follows the BlackBerry flow, but I prefer the 'TechFeeds' app for simple design.

I still support flip board for bb10 though.

"As we mentioned a short while ago, the native Flipboard application is available to download, but currently only if you have a BlackBerry Z30".

Geez the answer is in the first sentence!. It's NATIVE. Wish people would learn to read.

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That's what James wrote. And it's obviously wrong.
When an app runs good I don't care about what it is written in, though.

The BB10 version's fully Native; it not a bad little feed reader but it's all 'style over substance' - I'm sure plenty of folks will install it.

sadly a port... when you try to login the keyboard does not work as well... not worth it for me...

I have it on my z10 running 10.2. About a month ago it was in blackberry world but it was pulled after only a couple days. I did get an update 2 weeks ago through BlackBerry World. It works really well for me. I use it daily.

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Side loaded Flipboard, Pintrest and Netflix all work just fine on 10.1.0.4181. Just saying...

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Thank goodness for porting! Been using on my z10 and q10 while an older version great use!

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