We've known the day was coming for a while. The Currents app has finally hit the end of the road. An update to version 2.3 is rolling out through the Play Store that officially closes up shop and points users in the direction of Google Play Newsstand. Subscriptions are automatically transferred over to Newsstand and the old Currents app disables itself after users tap through for the first time.
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.
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.
Google is going a little nuts with the card UI updates today – first Drive, and now Play Magazines. Today's update brings Google's magazine-reader to version 2.0, and makes it overall easier to use and nicer to look at – both welcome additions to an already-good app. Besides the new Card UI that replaced the terrible rolodex style called StackView, Magazines followed suit and adopted the new slide-out navigation drawer that we first saw in Google Earth and Shopper.
When Google first launched Play Magazines, there was an immediate backlash from users who were already subscribed to paper magazines that offer a free digital copy, as there was no way to grab said digital subscription from Google. Instead, these users were treated as if they had no prior subscription at all and were effectively forced to pay again if they wanted to read on their mobile device. Needless to say, that didn't go over very well.
We've already heard that Google was expanding their Play Movies and Play Music services today to new countries and with new content. Play Magazines isn't getting left out in the cold, though. Today, the storefront is opening up to our neighbors up north, in addition to signing extra content partners for a more robust distribution platform.
As part of the huge announcement Google put together, the company touted its magazine partnerships:
Google's magazine app, Play Magazines, just received a bump up to v1.1 in the Play Store. It's a small update, but a good one nonetheless:
- Significant performance improvements for all devices (page flipping and rendering)
- Now available in Australia!
So there you go - not only does the app work better, but now those of you Down Under can get your mag fix! At the time of writing, the update isn't yet showing in the Web Store for most of us, but you should be able to pull it down through the Device Store.
A bunch of new fun stuff is coming down the pipeline, Google-fans! Your favorite search giant has just pushed several updates to some of its headlining properties, including Play Music, Play Magazines, and Google Goggles. We've got the full rundown for you.
For starters, Google Music has added expandable notifications to its repertoire. It doesn't look like you'll see much more info if you expand it, but Play Music continues to be one of the best examples of how to make notifications robust and useful.