This afternoon, Flipboard finally released their long anticipated newsreader app for Windows Phone 8.1. The app was released previously in error and then later pulled from the Store. Now, the final version of the app is available, although it still has some rough patches, which is why it has only a 3.3 (out of 5) rating on the market.
One of the biggest disappointments with the Flipboard app is for those with-low-memory Windows Phones like the Lumia 520 and new Lumia 635. Due to the current coding in the app, it cannot run on those devices, cutting out a rather larger percentage of potential users of Flipboard. Luckily, Flipboard is addressing this shortcoming.
Jon Virtes, Community Manager for Flipboard, reassures us that this is the case as they are working with Microsoft to make "Flipboard optimized for lower memory Windows Phones".
Although it would have been beneficial to everyone involved to have it on 512 MB phones out the gate, we appreciate the candor from Flipboard in trying to reassure users that they are not forgotten.
High profile, big promotion
How long we have to wait for the optimized Flipboard app is anyone's guess, but we bet Microsoft is trying to push it fast. Indeed, many users have noticed that Flipboard is the first app to get a large, featured-presence in the Store with a colossal graphic for the popular newsreader. This ability is impressive if only because we had no idea this is possible, and it demonstrates just how important Microsoft thinks this app is to their platform.
Are you using Flipboard? Let us know in comments what you think. Does this announcement from Flipboard alleviate your concerns?