News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday November 20, 2013.
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Say goodbye to Google Currents and Google Play Magazine. Then say hello to Google Play Newsstand, the new Android app from Google that replaces both apps and combines their functionality into one.
Google Play Newsstand has launched as a way to have a central reading source from Google. The app provides users the option to subscribing to newspapers and magazines through the Play Store and having digital versions of the paper or magazine available every time that a new issue is released. It follows the same path as the former Magazines app by including a side-swiping navigation to go from one article to the next, and going up or do to continue reading on a specific article depending on the size of the device. There's also an option to download content to read offline.
For more current reading, there are the Read Now and My News sections. My News is a replication of Currents because it allows users to read articles from their favorite websites and blogs. News sources can have their feeds, YouTube channel, social media, and a designated section for other tags organized into different tabs. While My News is the cultivated section where users designate sources to read, Read Now is more of a streamlined feed based on recommending articles based on user activity. Read Now improves with time and has optional sections to view more stories in specific category.
More than 1,900 sources are available officially in Newsstand, and the app supports discovering new sources through a Search button. The app should automatically update for Google Play users in the US, Canada, UK, and Australia. All other countries will have to download the Play Newsstand app here. The app may still say "Google Play Magazines" but it's the same link that should update.Google
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.