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Flipboard launches news reader app for Android

As promised, Flipboard has launched an Android version of its news reader.

The service also confirmed its partnership with Google+ and YouTube and announced that it will expand to five new countries.

On the Android front, Flipboard will now be available on Android phones worldwide, as well as on the Nook and the Kindle Fire. Users can download it from Google Play, the Amazon Appstore or the Barnes & Noble Nook Store. It will also be available via Samsung Apps and come pre-installed on certain Galaxy S3 handsets.

Flipboard made its debut on the iPad in 2010, and came to the iPhone late last year, quickly logging one million downloads. The free app scans your friends' social posts and presents their links and articles in a magazine-like layout.

Flipboard first tipped an Android version last month.

The company today also confirmed the addition of Google+ and YouTube, which the search giant first announced earlier this week at LeWeb.

With the tie-up, users can add their Google+ account to Flipboard and see stories in their stream, updates from people in their Circles and posts from pages they subscribe to - in a magazine-like format. They can also +1 any post or tap the avatar to share, comment and reply on Google+.

Flipboard fans will also be able to watch YouTube videos from friends and subscribers, and comment, like, share or subscribe right from the news reader.

"People are amazed by all the things they can see on Flipboard, and often the most personal and interesting stories come from friends," Mike McCue, CEO of Flipboard, said in a statement. "Today we have over 2,000 featured content partners from around the world and, now with the addition of Google+ and YouTube, we have all of the popular social networks for our readers to sit back and enjoy."

Finally, Flipboard is expanding with the release of localised editions for Germany, Korea, Italy, Spain and The Netherlands. It already offers customised versions in Japan, France, China and English-speaking countries including the US, the UK, Canada and Australia.