A few weeks ago we found some Newsstand-related goodies in the Play Store APK, hinting at the possibility that the upcoming news service is poised to absorb Google's Play Magazines.

In the teardown, we found a wide range of assets with a purple-and-white Newsstand icon, making use of a brand color similar to the purple that currently belongs to Play Magazines. This lead us to believe that Google had abandoned the yellow hue we previously suspected in pursuing a strategy that would lead to Magazines' being gobbled up by the new service.


In a new KitKat Quick Start book in the Play Store, we've caught another glimpse of Google's Newsstand. This time, though, it's got a different icon. The icon is more sophisticated than the version we saw in the Play Store teardown, with a reversed color scheme that makes the purple color that used to belong to Magazines a little more blue and a lot more prominent.


The icon is found on page 39 of the free Quick Start book (linked below), in a section describing how to use the Play Store to manage and download content.

We still can't be sure when Newsstand will finally, officially be unveiled, but it would seem that the plan to replace Magazines is still under way.

Source: Android Quick Start Guide

via Cassidy James

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Vito Lee

    Probably will be announced with the new Nexus 10 and they'll say the Nexus 10 with it's larger screen will make reading newspapers and magazines much more comfortable

    • dhruva

      nexus 8

      • ins0mn1a

        oh, not again. am i the only one who thinks that mystery tablet obviously has a 7" screen, judging by its relative size compared to the woman's hands? as someone who uses an 8" tablet every day, i claim that the only way that is an 8" tablet is if that lady is 7 feet tall, with matching hand size. which, scientifically speaking, is not *entirely* impossible.

    • DiamondAvatar

      Possibly the Nexus 8.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        We will refrain from Nexus 8 comments until we have something concrete. Until then, it's just a made-up rumor.

        • Mathias Kenting

          Nexus 8 is a rumour, but go to the "apps and entertainment" section on android.com, scroll to the bottom and you'll find this picture which certainly isn't a Nexus 7.

          • Ivan Myring

            That is definitely a nexus 7

          • WindowsTabletCentral

            Most definitely a Nexus 7 with a 'too large' photoshopped screen pasted on. If you pull it into photoshop and zoom way in you can see all the photoshop artifacts and that it's not an original part of the image.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Yes, I've seen this a thousand times already. Doesn't prove anything - it's an ugly photoshop at best, plus they've already fixed it.

          • BillygotTalent

            Didn't I read somewhere today that Google already denied that they were planning a Nexus 8? Besides the obvious shopped image above there was no evidence any way.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Did you? I haven't caught up with everything yet.

          • BillygotTalent

            Saw it on a German site this morning and after googling it again I think they tricked me with their sensationalist headlines. They put in their headlines that Google removing the image from the page must mean that there is no Nexus 8 coming.

            But still I don't think there will be a N 8.

  • DiamondAvatar

    Good spot.


    May be they will have an event for Google Play Newstand and announce the New Nexus 10 with it before the holidays?

    • Chad

      My thoughts exactly. Hoping for new Nexus 10 and possibly a Nexus 8 would be a nice surprise too.

      • Sean White

        Out of interest why do you think they'd announce an 8 inch device not really that long after a 7 inch. Mid next year perhaps but I doubt before then

        • Chad

          Just for the simple fact that some people (like myself) would love to see an in-between tablet. It's been said over and over 7 can be too small and 10 can be a bit large for some. I think 8 is the sweet spot. Honestly, Apple kinda hit it spot on with the iPad mini's 7.9 screen size. But since I favor android and have well invested into their ecosystem, I personally would love to see a 8 inch Nexus tab. I mean the holiday season is coming up and Google has yet to announce Newstand or a new Nexus 10 which we know is probably coming in an event so I'm feeling optimistic. Which last I checked isn't a crime lol

          • Sean White

            I agree 7 inch is a bit small but I think an 8 inch would take over from the Nexus 7 thus would be announced mid next year. Maybe not beneficial to all but I doubt they'd put out a new product in the same line as the existing one only half a year after releasing it

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      "New content store" and "new thing to read said content on" makes total sense. They launched magazines with the Nexus 7.

  • Brendan

    But what does the icon say? For all we know, it has the release date in it!

    • DiamondAvatar

      Use your glasses to read what it says.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        His top hat gets in the way.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      At the resolution of the book it's impossible to make out. It looks like dummy text though.

    • Alok

      Use your Google Glass to read what it says.

    • Mark Curtis

      N...ewell confirms Half Life 3

  • Julio M

    I'm pretty sure that's blue and not purple.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I agree, that's much closer to blue than purple.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      I'd say it's definitely purple with a lot of blue in it, but fair observation either way.

      • Julio M

        I should have noted that it's in relation to the previous icon. I personally fail to see the purple of the old icon in this one.

        • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

          Yeah, I probably could have worded it more carefully to indicate that both are some variant of purple, without implying that they are the same purple. I've tweaked the post to try and avoid that implication.

      • Tills13

        There is something wrong with your display, then.

  • AdamFitton

    I reckon the new Nexus is a 9 inch device.

    Think of the user feedback. 7 is too small, 10 can be slightly too large.

    Also, that would create range of 5,7 & 9 inch devices.

  • miri

    Looks nicer, but still not as good as the magazines icon.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

    That still doesn't register as a newspaper. Keep trying guys! Newspapers aren't in full color, and that shape really doesn't do it for me.

    I don't think the old one was any good either, but it was closer at least.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      To me it reads more like "large plaque with some small sheets of paper behind it". I think if it were more robust with more pages and a front page that isn't totally rigid it might get closer.

    • Mark Curtis

      Well a newsstand has more things than a newspaper, that's why the app would be newspapers AND magazines.


    Figured that I'd jump on this: In the two sections about Home Screens and Google Now, it seems as though only the Nexus 5 will get Launcher3/Google Experience Launcher and the rest will stay on Launcher2, since the book explicitly references that home screens and Google Now are different on the Nexus 5. (There's a whole blurb in a box that talks about only swiping right on the Nexus 5.)
    On a completely unrelated note, this guidebook now actually mentions Google Play Edition devices, including how some have a menu button.

  • Karlo

    As somehow i enabled US store on my Phone/Tablet(even it works on mobile data no VPN) i would like to see some of Croatian magazines and newspaper like Slobodna Dalmacija.