Google have released a new way for Android users to stay up to date with their news; decrying the ways people have to access news now through different websites, apps, and of course traditional media, Google believes that having one place to access all this news would be a better idea.
In that vein, Google has today announced the Google Play Newsstand, which will replace Google Play Magazines in coming days as the update rolls out to users. Claiming to bring all your favourite news sources together in one place with a single user experience, Play Newsstand will be able to bring you news that interests you, based on your tastes. In the same simple interface you’ll be able to view traditional full-length articles, images, audio and video in the one app. You can even save articles for offline reading.
Google have boasted more than 1,900 free and paid, full length publications that you can access through Play Newsstand, including the following:
- Newspaper Subscriptions: Full-length content from some of the world’s top newspapers including The Australian, The Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, The National Post, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
- Magazines: Hundreds of HD magazines like Better Homes & Gardens, The Economist, Esquire, Fast Company, Forbes, Game Informer, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Shape, TIME, Vanity Fair and WIRED, from publishers like American Media Inc., Condé Nast, Hearst, Meredith, TIME Inc., and more.
- Blogs: Your favorite blogs like Apartment Therapy, Colossal, Cool Hunting, Flavorpill, Saveur Daily, TMZ and The Verge.
- News sites: Leading news sites like ABC News, The Atlantic, CBS Sports, CNET, The Daily Beast, Huffington Post, The Guardian, NPR, Reuters, The Telegraph, and more.
If you’re after a video demo of what’s in store for you (pardon the pun), check out the YouTube video below:
We Australians (together with our friends in the UK and the US) will receive an update to change Play Magazines to Play Newsstand in coming days, and in other countries, the updated app will be available through the Play Store soon. In better news (or perhaps not, for users of Google Currents) it looks as if Currents subscriptions will be amalgamated into the Newsstand service, suggesting that Currents as a separate app might be not long for this world.