Google Launches Newsstand App for Android, Promises iOS App in 2014

googlenewsstandGoogle today launched a Newsstand app for Android, which combines its existing Flipboard-style Currents app, its Google Play magazine app, and a new newspaper subscription service to offer a variety of paid and free publications in one spot.

The new Google Newsstand app shares a name with Apple's own Newsstand and it also mimics the functionality of the built-in app that Apple first debuted in 2011. As with Apple's Newsstand, Google's Newsstand aggregates content in one convenient location, combining all of a user's subscriptions for magazines and newspapers.

Google does, however, go one step further, combining content from an array of sources into a single newsfeed, and the company has also partnered with multiple publications to offer subscriptions directly within its app. Google Newsstand shares several similarities with Apple Newsstand, but it is arguably more useful with its in-app subscriptions and its Flipboard-style feed.

Discover more of the news and magazines you care about on your Android tablet or phone. Enjoy breaking news and in-depth articles featuring audio, video, and more. From sports, business, cooking, entertainment, fashion and more - now get the best free and paid news plus vibrant full HD magazines, all in one place.

While Google's new Newsstand app is currently limited to Android devices, the company told TechCrunch that it plans to update its existing Currents app for iOS to a Newsstand app "early next year," where it will presumably compete with Apple's own Newsstand app.

In the past, Apple has not taken kindly to companies who adopt similar product names, famously filing a trademark lawsuit against Amazon over the use of the word "Appstore." Both Amazon and Microsoft argued that "app store" was a generic term, and the case was eventually thrown out.

Top Rated Comments

Michael Goff Avatar
111 months ago
2011 Apple Newsstand
2013 Google Newsstand

Shameless

Yeah!

Apple invented the newsstand. How could anyone copy something like that? It's not like the word meant anything before Apple used it.

:rolleyes:

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Oooh, this is definitely not going to go down well with Apple, risky business for Google unless they are just trying to start a lawsuit for the fun of it!!

Why would there be a lawsuit?
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mw360 Avatar
111 months ago
Will it go in a folder?
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dannyyankou Avatar
111 months ago
2011 Apple Newsstand
2013 Google Newsstand

Shameless

Apple copied Barnes & Noble then.

Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Bill Killer Avatar
111 months ago
What a filthy, horrible company Google is. I hope they don't release it on iOS, we don't need that copied crap here. Call me a fan boy, but this is just blatant.

Fine. You're a fanboy.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Consultant Avatar
111 months ago
2011 Apple Newsstand
2013 Google Newsstand

Shameless
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Bill Killer Avatar
111 months ago
Appstore wasn't a word before Apple. Newsstand was. Big difference.

This is simply incorrect. Just in the 2000's alone, Palm beat them.

Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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