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Nov
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We've been hearing/seeing/talking about Newsstand for the past several weeks, and it's officially live as of now. As expected, the app takes the place of Play Magazines, but it also replaces Currents as a news reader. It's basically becoming the go-to place for news, magazines, and online feeds. Everything you want to read all in once place. That's cool.

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You can hit up the latest publications in the Play Store, including the New York Times, WSJ, and a lot more, browse the magazines section, or just add your favorite site's feed quickly and easily. And finally, there's a way to bookmark stories to save them for later. I haven't had a chance to dig in yet, but I really hope this feature applies to stories within magazines as well. Will update once I've had time to check that out. Update: Nope. Dammit.

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Newsstand is free (of course) and now resides where Magazines used to live. If you don't have that installed (which you should), then you can grab it by hitting the widget below. Otherwise, just head to the Play Store and update the app to get started with Newsstand.

If you can't see the app in the Play Store, you can grab the apk from our download mirror here.

Here's the changelog for those interested:

What's New

  • Play Newsstand combines Play Magazines and Google Currents into a single app.
  • Free and paid news, plus magazine subscriptions all in one place.
  • Your Google Currents subscriptions will automatically transfer into Play Newsstand.
  • Read Now surfaces the most interesting stuff. The more you read, the better it gets.
  • Follow topic tags to discover related stories and new sources.
  • New offline features minimize data and battery usage.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

Obligatory links: Google Play, more Google Play, even more Google Play; Android Blog

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

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

    So long, Currents! This makes so much more sense.

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

      I'm hoping for a web interface version to fill the hole left by reader, but have they lost the audience?

      • Julio M

        I think this is the web interface: https://play.google.com/newsstand

        • Matt Grotheer

          Access from Germany is blocked

          • Mskina

            Spain too

          • Nacho Marín Prendes

            Nope. I am in Spain and been using it for several days

          • Mskina

            The web? https://play.google.com/newsstand

            "Sorry! Magazines on Google Play is not available in your country yet."

          • Bojan Tomic

            Just download apk and install, I did it in Serbia! :)

        • Matt Grotheer

          Access from Germany is blocked

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

          Yeah, but that doesn't let you read anything, so it's not an interface for Currents.

      • Konstigt2

        Feedly is a terrific Reader-replacer

    • MrJigolo

      So currents app icon will go away?

      • Dan W

        it's still on my N7 2013 after the update

        • pfmiller

          Currents won't go anywhere, it says right in the article Newsstand replaces Play Magazines. It can't replace both apps on your device, even if it is meant to replace the functionality of both.

          • Dan W

            I hope that Google has a solution for this, since Currents is a system app for me that can't be uninstalled without rooting. While I can do this pretty easily, it's annoying to have two apps duplicating functionality, especially if Google is going to stop development on Currents and only focus on NewsStand. I don't like this trend of duplicating apps by Google (i.e. Gallery/Photos).

          • pfmiller

            Disable the app you don't want to use. Problem solved.

          • esper256

            Just uninstall any updates to currents and then disable currents.

      • Huton Gergö

        No it still be there

      • Manohar Viswanatha

        Ya that is what when its a replacement of currents it should vanish but still its very much there on Nx4

    • LewisSD

      anyone else unable to uninstall currents?? Doesn't even have the option to uninstall it on my N7 running stock 4.4

      • pobautista

        Currents on Stock 4.4 is a system app. Click Settings > Apps > All > Currents > Disable app

  • br_hermon

    Meh, I'll stick to Feedly, thanks.

  • miri

    The icon is still kind of weird but holy haberdashery, the app itslef is gorgeous.

  • Brett Besa

    hmm even though I got the Newsstand update my Currents is still there

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

      Maybe it'll get an update that will push you gently into Newsstand.

  • Thomas’

    They could have merged Google Reader into this, but well...

    • Eric Callahan

      That was my first thought!

    • niknetniko

      A very good example of how Google could have handled Reader better...

    • Lalit Mali

      Just like they could've merged Notebook into Keep

      • Thomas’

        Sure, but these products are literally years apart. Also they merged Notebook into Docs which was at least ok'ish.

  • catpunt

    What about RSS?

    • Atomic Zombie

      Yup

  • Guest

    The mirror doesn't work.

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

      Works fine here.

  • Firmino

    Only States? Brazil here.

    • Harsha

      Not available for India too.

      • ICameHereToAnswerThis

        It is, now.

    • Mateusz Cichon

      Sideload it. This update "unlocks" app from sleep state on every country, but magazines are available only for US. It should be available directly from Google Play for every country soon.

      //Poland

      • Atomic Zombie

        Magazines are available in the UK

        • selonmoi

          And Canada.

          Unfortunately, they seem to contain nothing but stories aboot Rob Ford. Must be some kind of bug.

          • Thatguyfromvienna

            Haha!

    • http://steamcommunity.com/id/metallinatus Metallinatus

      Just installed in Brazil directly from the Play Store, bro....

      • Firmino

        Yes, my friend, now is working, in the time that I tried did not work

  • ed209

    You do seem to be able to use this as a Google Reader replacement and have the ability to save feeds for offline reading.

  • h4m

    Meh! Says not compatible with any of my devices!

  • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

    My magazines are gone!!!! I have purchased magazines and now the section is gone! WTF!

    • Taco Monster

      Calm down. They should be under My Magazines. At least, that's where mine were.

      • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

        Not for me, I only see this

        I don't get it why its not showing for me, its quite annoying

        • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

          Dam you Disqus

          • UniBroW

            Are you signed in on multiple accounts?

          • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

            Nope, just one

          • TylerChappell

            That's strange, mine are still there, which includes all the ones I received for free when I bought my first Nexus 7 in 2012, as well as every issue from my MaximumPC subscription that began in February of this year.

  • Taco Monster

    Weird that it doesn't have Kitkat's immersive mode.

    • Taco Monster

      It does have a Youtube viewer, so that's something.

  • http://youtube.com/spelrutan Jens Törnblad

    I was a bit worried at first, because I use Currents and thought that I was going to lose that if this was US only, but lucky me (Sweden). :)
    Although... Newsstand sounds much better than tidningskiosk. :/

    • http://ignaciozippy.com/ Ignacio Zippy

      In Spanish it's either "quiosco" (preferred) or "kiosco". GPNS uses BOTH "kiosco" and "kiosko" (wrong) everywhere... oh, those lovely inconsistencies

  • GP

    It says it replaces Currents but after downloading this, I still have Currents on my device.

    • UtopiaNH

      It replaces Currents in function. Currents is on its way out, but won't be removed until this covers more of the world.

      • Bjajjull

        It covers exactly the same as Currents. Magazines is only available in Australia, Canada, UK and US but Currents was/is available everywhere. The Currents part of Newsstand is available everywhere but the magazines isn't, just as before.

    • Steve B

      Uninstall Currents.

      • esper256

        Probably should launch currents first in case any kind of migration needs to happen first.

  • david coffey

    Don't get me wrong, this is great, but i'm REALLY disappointed in the lack of newspaper content. I was expecting more than just NY and LA papers. I live in Missouri, and the KC Star or STL Post-Dispatch isn't even on here. I'm sure with time that'll change. I get it, Missouri isn't a priority, but where are the other top newspapers? National papers? Other big city papers? There's nothing. And maybe I'm just completely misunderstanding what newsstand is supposed to be.

  • Claude Gohier

    No immersion mode in KitKat?

    • Carlos

      Missed the same when trying it

  • Francois-Xavier Launois

    Developer options by pressing app version multiple times in the settings. Gives the ability to prevent caching.

    • Harsha

      Nice find! Just curious.. You stumbled upon this by accident or you had prior information about developer option?

      • Francois-Xavier Launois

        Completely by accident. I tapped a few times the area lazily and the toast appeared :)

        • JoeDirt2217

          Note: Preventing caching disables itself after 4 hours after selecting and warns that it will slow down app.

        • Daveon Jackson

          Makes me wonder how many other google apps have this secret.

  • epsiblivion

    so is RSS usable at all in this? or should I stick with feedly

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      RSS works. I'm going to give it some time but I might switch to this from Pulse. The new Pulse update sucks and I don't want to use the old version forever.

  • Matthew Fry

    I'm confused by the icons. Is it the magazine icon the icon or the newspaper icon?

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      Once you update it will be the newspaper icon. Play store category is updated too.

  • black

    It's not compatible with any of my devices. What is Google Playing at?

    • Lorenzo Faccini

      Now works :)

  • kekkojoker90

    Live in italy now (not compatible with any device but is live)

  • http://steamcommunity.com/id/metallinatus Metallinatus

    Wait, what? I didn't even know Play Magazines was available in Brazil, so I installed this and automatically became a system app.... *ok*
    ....confused .-.

  • David Hart

    I'm liking this a lot!

  • Daveon Jackson

    So will News and weather app ever disappear? Hasn't been updated since ICS irc and its functions are kinda redundant now with google now and newsstand.

    • http://seapip.com/ Thomas Gladdines

      Yeah they should just remove it lol, like 2years ago xD

    • James

      Google updated Geniewidget.apk(News&weather app) version to 2.0 in Nexus 5... but there is no additional function. Just color change from black to white tone.

    • pfmiller

      The weather part is redundant, but I think the news part is better than currents for browsing headlines. Maybe if they have currents a better widget, I really don't want an enormous 3x3 widget taking up a whole screen just to see what's in the news.

  • NF

    Exciting stuff, but a bit too late for people who've fallen in love with Feedly.

  • mikeym0p

    Glad this didn't kill RSS. INB4 Apple lawsuit for 'Newsstand'

    • Sir Perro

      Apple invented newsstand also?

      • Ketan Gandhi

        Yes, didn't you know, Apple already invented everything worth inventing and will be the inventor for everything in the future, rest are all copycats...! /s

  • wickets

    Two issues: Firstly, i dont like the way there is no contact info for magazines like there is for app developers. I.E no email or phone numbers web site etc.....Its important because if you subscribe to a mag hard copy there is no way to enter your subscription info. Secondly, the blog subscription / news subscription eyeball grab is very weird....isnt that what reader used to do????

  • Dan Middleton

    No widget? Very disappointing.

    • abqnm

      This bothers me. I loved the Currents widget but the new Newsstand app is much nicer to use than Currents. Give me my widget back, Google!

      • Joris Griffioen

        Eh, Newsstand has a widget?

        • abqnm

          It does now. It didn't in November, when this comment was made.

          • Joris Griffioen

            Wah .. eeh, I don't know what happened here.

            Anyway, Currents is dead. :(

  • Dipish

    It didn't even import feeds from my Currents... and overall I find the interface worse... crap

    • MeCampbell30

      Honestly I find both interfaces clunky. This new app less so than currents.

    • pfmiller

      I have all my Currents subscriptions in Newsstand under My News.

  • Vardan Nazaretyan

    International!!!!!!!!!

  • http://jamieellis.co.cc/ Jamie Ellis

    There is some paid magazines stating erroneously initially they are free but 9/10 times its the lead for an "free trial".

    It would be better if they had an icon for Free Trial and instead of "Free" replaced with "Try" as in "Try (pre Subscribe)" instead

    Android Police "had" an Google Currents (Currents is now part of Newsstand) through http://www.google.com/producer/editions/CAowu5gU/androidpolice but it not been carried over to Newsstand - no entry when search through Magazines/Newsstand (https://play.google.com/store/search?q=android%20police)

    • Nicholas McDonald

      No, this is not a mistake. This is a promotion that started today in association with the launch of Google Play Newsstand. Several publishers are giving away free copies of their current issues. The "free" copies are un-related to the trials.

      Simply put, download the free copy now and when the next issue drops you can subscribe for the trial and get two more copies.

    • Nicholas McDonald

      Also, the Android Police stream has been live on Newsstand/Newsstand in-app search since receiving the update earlier today.

      Screenshots below,

  • Crispin Swickard

    Now I can disable 1 app instead of 2. Progress!. :D

  • Giacu Truss

    whaa? so currents is gone... but there's no Android Police news feed like I used to have on Currents... :(

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

      It certainly looks like it's still there

      • Giacu Truss

        doh, thanks

  • Omar Al Matar

    The interface turns me on.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    But Currents is still there, on my device, enabled. Am I understanding this right that Currents is now discontinued and rrmoved from the system with next update?

    P.S. just a sidenote, but I really don't get why Google disables some apps by default, like Currents, Play Magazines (now Newsstand), Earth, and Wallet. What's the point of having a built-in app that is not intended to be used since it's disabled? It's really weird

    • dhruva

      weird, on my nexus s they were enabled by default

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        And they weren't neither on N7 nor N4. Plus I don't see Wallet among System apps anymore.

  • J

    Is there no way to browse all my selected news sources at once? If I click "My News" I have to click each source and read it separately, and if I click "Read Now" I get news from all kinds of sources I didn't add.

  • A Black UI is the best UI

    And no cares was given.

  • Ivan

    Love it! Looks so beautiful.. I am in Bulgaria and thanks to Vpn I can enjoy it! :-) Hope google finally to release Music, Books, Movies and Magazines here.. We are so cut of goodies :-)

    • Пламен Терзиев

      Колко е малък света ?! :D

  • wilflare

    hmm does this do podcast too?

  • wilflare

    it'll be sweet if Google releases a Chrome Extension for a web interface for this too

  • Lawats Lord

    This is such a great update!
    I love the fact that news, YouTube, Google+ and podcast are linked together.
    Idea for later development will be immersive mode, better YouTube integration : being able to reduce the video tab like in the YouTube app and continue reading articles, and bookmark sticker for magazine

  • Jonathan Mcnicke

    I just want to read magazines and see when new ones are published, removing the old app and replacing it will one that clutters up my magazine reading experience with an application that repeats the same information i get on my wigets was a stupid idea.

  • Vincent Linnea Wozlonis

    how do you add your own magazine for sale if you are a publisher?

  • Tamra Harbo

    Really really wish I could bookmark articles within the magazines, has anyone heard if this will be available in the future?

  • chunmun

    though its good but, it doesnt even have a widget :(

  • Joris Griffioen

    F*ck. I liked Currents, sure it was flawed and had a lot of confusing UI surrounding the reading, but the reading itself was so simple and clear.

    on Newsstand I feel like I could miss a post, because Google is compiling a stream. Maybe it's a matter of getting used to it, but Currents felt more direct, closer to the source.