Flipboard Android app gets audio

Flipboard, the app that turns news into eye candy, has added audio support to its Android version.

Starting Thursday, the app's users will be able to add to their news mix audio such as National Public Radio’s Fresh Air and Public Radio International's The World.

In addition, the app can be connected to a SoundCloud account so sounds can be shared with others.

The audio feature will be added to versions of Flipboard for the Barnes & Noble Nook and the Amazon Kindle "in a few days," the Flipboard development team said in a blog.

Flipboard, which made a splashy debut for the iPad in 2010, finally made it to the Android ecosystem in June. The Android app is integrated with Google's social network, Google+, so activity in a user's "circles" will appear in Flipboard's magazine-style format. Users can also interact directly with Google + from within the app, allowing them to perform tasks such as +1 a posting (the Google+ equivalent of a Facebook "like") as well as share, comment or reply to postings.

Audio was introduced to Flipboard's iOS apps in May. Adding audio to the app also makes it accessible to visually impaired users, developers noted in a blogat the time. By turning on the VoiceOver features in an iOS device, the gestures to control Flipboard change and everything on pages is read aloud. So you could tap on a title on the page, for example, and the title would be read aloud.

The iPad version of Flipboard was chosen as a noteworthy news apps of 2012 by the editors of PC World this year.

The app is available from Google Play.

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