July 15, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
It was only a few weeks ago when Zinio debuted its magazine reading app for Android Honeycomb tablets, allowing users to read digital copies of everything from Bazaar to ESPN. Today, Zinio is going from the big screen to the small(er) screen by making its app compatible with phones using Android 2.2 (Froyo) or 2.3 (Gingerbread).
No longer limited to Android 3.0, magazine readers can now browse their beloved content even when they don’t have a Motorola Xoom or ASUS Transformer. Considering that so many of today’s Android phones have 4-inch screens, that’s not a bad proposition. The pages are optimized for these screens by showing original design or phone-optimized, text-only modes for easier reading. Zinio also supports audio, video, and special graphics embedded into digital copies as a way to go beyond the traditional written format.
Zinio gives users the option to subscribe to a particular magazine or purchase individual issues. More than 1,000 magazines are available in the app, including titles in 33 different languages. BlackBook, Cosmopolitan, The Economist, Esquire, Maxim, Outdoor Photographer, Reader’s Digest, Redbook, and many other big-name titles are available. Users can reap the benefits of that large library by getting free issues of 12 popular titles until August 15, 2011. T-Mobile USA subscribers get an added bonus of 5 free titles.
Head over to the Android Market and claim your first few issues of Zinio. Find a complete list of available titles here.