By Alexandra Burlacu email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Jan 13, 2013 11:43 AM EST
Flipboard for Android got a new update which brings a fix for "accidental" flipping and other bug fixes, and adds support for Android 4.2's Daydream feature.
The latest update aims to maximize the screen real estate of Android tablets and takes the app to the next level with version 1.9.18. As of Saturday, Jan. 12, Flipboard sports Daydream functionality for Android 4.2, the biggest feature of the new update.
Android 4.2 device owners (whether Nexus devices or custom ROM builds on a non-Nexus device) can now enjoy Android 4.2's screensaver-like feature on the popular social news reader app.
Daydream is an Android 4.2 screensaver that activates when the phone is charging or docked. With Daydream, users can choose to see a clock, changing colors, photos, or headlines from Google Currents. The latter, however, may sound cooler than it actually is. It is not interactive, which means that although users can see headlines, they cannot select one to open up a news story. Not to worry, Flipboard's update comes to the rescue.
Since the new version of Flipboard for Android now supports Daydream, users can see covers from their Cover Stories categories on Flipboard morphed into a screensaver with zooming and panning functionality. In other words, with Flipboard, Daydream now sports more media than just the headlines from Google Currents. Daydream may not be the top selling point of Android 4.2, but it adds to Flipboard's appeal on Android devices.
The Flipboard app itself doesn't bring any new settings, but opening the display settings on an Android 4.2 device will list the app under the different Daydream modes. Simply put, the update "allows you to create a screen saver made out of Flipboard covers," notes the Flipboard description.
The screen saver itself seems well done, with the zooming and photo panning of images available in the Photo Table Daydream Google provides. The fact that it uses entries in the Cover Stories category, however, means that users may want to adjust things a bit.
The updated app is available for download from the Google Play Store, ready to up the experience of serving RSS feeds, social network, Twitter and other updates in a magazine layout.