Flipboard is the quintessence of today’s applications: pretty, light, responsive and intuitive.
However, it suffers from the market segmentation. If you have an iPad you are an happy user otherwise you need to find the closest possible alternative if you are in favor of Android’s devices.
Google tentatively tried to buy Flipboard in 2010 but somehow failed. They have Google Reader which is handicapped by its lack of dedicated tablet interface but, on the other, provides the “play” feature which is missing from Flipboard and allows to display articles without manual action.
Now what? Google works on the code-named product Propeller. It will be the new version of Google Reader.