Google Play Newsstand is the news app announced by the search engine giant. As it’s understood from the name “newsstand” means “kiosk” in English, an initiative dedicated to those who want to stay informed, allowing access to news sites, newspapers, magazines, and blogs via your smartphone or tablet.
First, the project appeared as “Play News” when Play store’s site code crawled thoroughly earlier this year. In October, Android Police tampered the APK of Play store app v4.4 and noted strong references to Newsstand portal.
The service is simple in concept and execution as through Newsstand user can subscribe to magazines, blogs and newspapers and with a simple touch, you can read depth articles with beautiful images, audio and video directly from inside the app, in addition, you can also access articles offline or add a bookmark to later.
It merges the features of current Google Play Magazines app as well as Google Currents, and aimed to displace the news apps like Flipboard. As of now, it’s only available on Android smartphones and tablets, and expected to hit the iOS market in early 2014.
The app weighing 6.6MB is available on Goolge Play store and requires Android 2.2 or higher. At the moment, Google Play Newsstand is available in United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia with no further expansion date. It provides access to over 1,900 online publications, both free and paid, with a layout optimized for touch. At the debut, the app can be downloaded for free on all Android devices, and for those who already use Google Currents, the import process of subscriptions will be completely automatic.
Here’s a list of sources, which feed the app right out-of the box:
- Subscriptions to newspapers: full contents of some of the world’s most authoritative newspapers, such as The Australian, The Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, The National Post, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
- Magazine: HD in hundreds of magazines, such as Better Homes & Gardens, The Economist, Esquire, Fast Company, Forbes, Game Informer, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Shape, TIME, Vanity Fair and WIRED, from publishers such as American Media Inc., Condé Nast, Hearst, Meredith, Time Inc. and many others.
- Blog: access to favorite blogs such as Apartment Therapy, Colossal, Cool Hunting, Flavorpill, Saveur Daily, TMZ and The Verge.
- News sites: Some of the most authoritative news sites in the Web, such as ABC News, The Atlantic, CBS Sports, CNET, The Daily Beast, Huffington Post, The Guardian, NPR, Reuters, The Telegraph and others.
All in all, Google Play Newsstand brings all the favorite news sources together into a single experience.