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Newsstand is one of the younger apps in Google's portfolio, but today it's getting a significant update to version 3.1. The biggest change - and a welcome one for at-a-glance newshounds - is a brand-spanking new widget. It's a pretty basic 4X3 affair - the widget will display a single story at a time, complete with headline and embedded image. Tap the arrow button to advance to the next headline, or anywhere else to go directly to the story in Newsstand.

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Inside the app itself, you'll find that the interface has been given a little spit and polish, including the new standard slide-out menu design, which is where the primary link to the Settings page and the Help menu are now hiding. The drop-down menu in the action bar (top right corner) still holds the refresh button and "on device only" view, but you also have a new option for "Mini cards."

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Mini cards is pretty self-explanatory - it compresses the larger article previews down to a one- or two-line headline and a much smaller thumbnail, giving the app a look more like a mobile-optimized website. Category cards are slightly larger, with a small banner and two links, and some image-heavy articles may get an automatic expanded view. This option lets you skim through articles much faster, and it should be helpful for phones with smaller screens.

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Users can now automatically translate entire feeds or single stories. Strangely, this isn't available everywhere - you can translate a single source's feed from any Google Translate language to any other, or translate a single story in the feed, but trying to do so after clicking a generic story on the primary page won't work. It's a useful feature to be sure, but it would be a lot more useful for the general browsing mode.

Download

The APK below is signed by Google and will upgrade your existing app. Its cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and wasn't tampered with in any way.

File Name: com.google.android.apps.magazines-3.1.0.apk

File Size: 6.7MB

Version: 3.1.0

MD5: 5e31a2f80347a7c849dcaebf115bf5ad

Thanks Chad and Santiago Rosales!

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • usaff22

    Don't you just love update Wednesdays!

  • Nathan

    Please use different mirrors.

    • usaff22

      Agreed, what's with the s.yunio stuff lately?

      • Stephanie William

        I like the work they're putting into this app.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      We need Android Police Dropbox aacount

      • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

        AP, do you need a Copy referral link? :P I can use another 5GB.

      • Matt

        Dropbox dies completely after hitting a traffic limit for public links.

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          Oh yeah, I forgot that..

    • Michael Romano

      Use Mega.co.nz

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Huh, Google is updating most of their apps now. Are they preparing something big for us?

    • aNYthing6

      No. Google updates their main apps every 6-8 weeks.

    • bozzykid

      They do this on a Wednesday of every month on a pretty regular basis.

    • Lackmann

      It's Update-Wednesday. That already happened a few times.

  • O─čuz Can Ayverdi

    The placement of Settings and Help in the navigation drawer is interesting. Until now, Google has always stated that these things should be in the overflow.

    • Christopher Mason

      Maybe they are killing off the overflow? It would make sense since the overflow and the sliding menu serve the same purpose.

      • miri

        One is navigation and the other is for actions. Settings and help were historically put in action overflow as before the nav drawer pattern came along because it was the only place to put them. Now that the nav drawer has caught on, Google has been slowly moving everything to where it belongs.

  • Jordan Khoviteri-Zadeh

    The full cards to mini cards animation is really, really slick. I like the work they're putting into this app.

    • usaff22

      This x100000

  • turdbogls

    this seems like the perfect app for KitKat transparencies....why hasn't google updated their own apps with their own APIs is beyond me. immersive (full screen) mode would also be great for the magazine view.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      half-assed developers is the answer

      • turdbogls

        I wouldn't go that far...the app is beautiful, fast, and smooth. Maybe they just need to be pushed to use these api's or something. it can't take THAT much time to impliment them can it? (serious question, no coding knowledge, but figured an API can be added really quickly and not much configuration needs to be done to get everything looking right)

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          If Google can put new features of their own OS into their own apps that are being made by their own developers - then they are half-assed workers, simple as that. It's unforgivable to not implement stuff like Immersive mode and give other app devs an example, it's just a matter of motivation

  • Jephri

    I still refuse to buy digital copies of magazines until they cost the same or less as their printed counterparts.

  • AllPurposeRadio

    Do 1st Party app developers(Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc) have some kind of grudge against scrollable widgets?

  • Fresh2infinity

    Wish there was a widget like the Genie Widget for Newstand....I have not found a widget that scrolls through posts as well as the genie widget, a widget should be for information on the the fly I dont want to click next on a widget to see the next headline for that I just open the app...the only downside to the Genie Widget is that the images are very pixelated and the widget only comes in one size....to sum it up, I like the newstant widget but wish it was either scrollable or it scrolled on it's own such as the genie widget

  • TJG

    this is all nice and dandy but i STILL dont understand as to why Google news & Weather app is existant!?!?!? and of course the gallery and photos app... so redundant lol

  • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

    Wasn't this supposed to replace Currents? Because., if so, why is Currents still on my Nexus 4?

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      It does, but it's not removed from Android yet, probably because nobody cares nor ever cared about Currents

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