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