Google Fast Flip for Android and iPhone

Monday, September 14, 2009 | 10:21 PM

Browsing print and online articles on a phone can often be a slow task. There are many different sites to visit, and media-rich pages can take a long time to load. Of course, mobile devices make this more difficult with small screens, slower Internet connections, and less comfortable keyboards.

To help solve this problem, today we announced a new product from Google Labs: Google Fast Flip for computers, iPhone, and Android-powered devices. Google Fast Flip combines some of the best features of reading articles in print and on the web.

With this webapp you can literally flip through stories with the swipe of your finger. To get more information or view the entire article, simply tap on the screen. You can browse headlines and popular articles, and view trending topics. Searching for a specific topic lets you make your own "magazine." Fast Flip makes sharing articles easy as well. To send an article to someone, simply tap on the "Email" link in the upper right.





To try it out, point your mobile browser to fastflip.googlelabs.com. For easy access, we recommend creating a home screen link or bookmark. Fast Flip works on all iPhone, iPod Touch and Android-powered devices. For more information on Google Fast Flip, check out our post on the Official Google Blog.

Posted by Steve Kanefsky, Software Engineer, Google Mobile

11 comments:

Kiran said...

My Nokia 5800 uses the same browser as the iphone but when I visit fast flip using my phone, all I get is the regular page designed for a PC.

Can you give us a direct link to the iphone version please? Facebook does and it works perfectly.

I'm a big news consumer and would really like to make full use of Fast Flip.

SG said...

When will the "Google Mobile App" be available on Singapore iTunes store?

J2 said...

Kiran, your Nokia doesn't run a mobile form of Mac OSX, which the iPhone does, pretty sure it's not the same browser.

DarkJesus said...

I think Kiran meant it's a webkit browser like the iphone.

Hopefully this will get integrated into google reader at some point.

Carter said...

what i didnt like about fast flip and some ideas to improve it a review of fast flip

Tsugawa.Tv said...

if links in the images work, great technology, i think..

Maarek Stele said...

only friendly for iphone and android users. WM uses real browsers so the images are small, you can zoom in, but it's not in a page style. everyone else columns the pages like the Blackberries.

This is still a work in progress and needs to be universal. Not everyone likes the iPhone. I'm planning on getting an Android phone when one comes out for Verizon or AT&T.

andym801 said...

a better looking icon on my homescreen would be nice!

Travis said...

works on the Skyfire browser for WM 6.1 on my HTC Touch, though it loads as a webpage like you'd see in Chrome or IE on the PC. It doesn't automatically fit the screen like you'd expect from an app.

Mike Suszek said...

Is there any way to get this running on my Palm Pre?

Maarek Stele said...

The auto-flip is an issue. If you don't have android or an iPhone than people won't use it. It needs to be universal. I plan on switching to an Android phone and getting out of these controversies with Apple.

In the Android community, if someone wants an app, people will build it. Unlike Apple who will turn it down once the programmers are finished. That I do not want to end up happening.