Google Play Newsstand took over from Google Play Magazines in November last year, and since then there’s been a few minor updates, but nothing terribly huge. Today Google has announced that the app will be getting an update to Material Design, preparing the way for the launch of Android L.
According to the Android Blog, the Material Design based update gives Google Play Newsstand ‘bigger images, more contextual headers and smoother transitions’. A better experience on phones is also promised, with a list of available articles that include an easy to see picture on the right.
Google has added topic cards in the ‘Explore’ section to let you start subscribing to topics you’re interested in – these topics will deliver what Google call a ‘personalized and up to date reading experience’. When first loading into Google Play Newsstand, you’ll choose from a selection of topics, which will drive your experience.
As we saw in the update to Google Play, there’s now larger images included to help draw your eye. Simple swipes to the left and right to switch between topics, and then swipe up and down to see more stories on a topic.
The new app should be rolling out to users now, if you’re a massive fan of Newsstand, then you can head grab the APK from below, or grab it yourself.