News reading from online sources is a common task, we are all acquainted with. However, for something such common, it’s hard to get a minimal yet decent reading client for the desktop. Aesthetics often take back seat and functionality is cramped in. However, on the mobile platforms, it takes a different turn – there is a major emphasis on aesthetics and looks as well. Flipboard is exactly such a client, a reading application that is available for smartphones and tablets. However, there are ways to run it on a PC.
And if you are wondering “How”? Bluestacks is the answer to that.
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Flipboard – The App
Flipboard is a very intuitive and unique app to use. The app emphasizes on simple and elegant aesthetics without any distractions to give you a great reading experience. The app for the first time starts by displaying you certain categories to choose from (According to your interests) from which it will pick curated contents. The categories include News, Technology, Business, Sports, Science, Travel, Photography, Design, Style, Music, Film, Celebrity News, Gaming, TV, Politics, Food & Drinking, Health, Auto, Home, DIY, Books, Culture, Apps, Architecture, Beauty, Parenting and Shopping. The best part of the app is that everything is presented in a magazine format and unnecessary links, ads or photos are removed to give you an immersive reading experience. Once you have setup, stories from relevant and verified sources are pulled and listed in a vertical list. Articles are presented in a multi-page format with flip animation to transit between them. You can also create custom magazines by selecting articles of your choice and save it for later reading. Flipboard lets you login either through your Facebook account or create an account with name/password. This can be used to keep multiple devices in sync when you are using it on many devices. With such great facilities at hand, let us have a look at getting it up and running for PC.
Flipboard On Your PC:
In order to make Flipboard for PC a reality, you will need a way to run Android apps on your PC. This can be achieved by using Bluestacks. Bluestacks is a software which emulates the Android environment and lets you run any Android app along with play store access. The steps are as follows:
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- Download the latest Bluestacks Setup.
- Start the installation.
- Once completed, you will need to set certain preferences such as default language.
- Once these are set, you will need to provide your Gmail ID and password to sync with Google’s services and let you access Play Store.
- Once done, you will be at the home screen. On the top search bar, type “Flipboard” and search for it.
- It will take you to the Play Store page from where you will need to click on the “Install” button.
- Once installation completes, come back to the home screen and you will see Flipboard listed among the apps.
- Click on it to launch the app.
You will need to setup your account the first time and mention your interests. Once done, you can enjoy Flipboard for PC!