Social news magazine Flipboard today announced the expansion of its magazine curation feature to Android users and the web.
The feature debuted in late March for iPad users, letting them create their own magazines. The Android version is similar to iOS — tap the plus button next to articles, pick a name for the magazine, add a description, and start flipping.
The addition is part of the Android app's upgrade to Version 2.0, and comes about a year after Flipboard launched on Google's mobile OS.
"Built around passions, interests and hobbies, these magazines can be about anything from vacation ideas to reading lists to issues you care about," the Flipboard team said.
Magazines can be created for public or private consumption, culling content from virtually any source on Flipboard, including social networks, your mobile browser, or photos saved in your library.
To keep track of your magazines or to look for inspiration from others, click the Red Ribbon in the top right corner of the app (see video above). There, users can find a table of contents that includes your own magazines, your subscriptions, and notifications, which are sent whenever someone subscribes to, comments on, likes, or re-flips something from your periodicals.
If you don't have access to a mobile device, however, Flipboard also introduced a new Flipboard Editor website that makes it easy to make and manage magazines on a computer. Just log in with your Flipboard username and password and get creative. Drag the "Flip It" button to your browser bar, and whenever you find a site to add to your magazine, click the button and place it into any of your publications, or create a new one.
The new site gives curators more control over reordering items, promoting covers, and viewing readership stats.
Meanwhile, Flipboard announced its newest partner, the Financial Times, which debuted today on the service. The FT will provide access to its recent blogs and videos for free, while subscribers can read the entire daily paper on Flipboard.
"FT lovers will be happy to know that stories will retain their distinctive, salmon-colored background, and all of it is paginated for a more pleasant reading experience on Flipboard," editorial director Josh Quittner wrote in a blog post.