Recently it was announced that Google merged Google Currents and Google Magazine. The result is an application called Google Newsstand which combines the features of both apps into a single interface. How did that turn out? That’s the question we’re going to answer with this review. If you’d rather watch than read, the video is above.
So how does this app work? The currents part of the app allows you to populate your news with RSS feeds that interest you while the magazine half lets you find and subscribe to your favorite magazines. The point is Google now gives you the ability to consolidate you entire news feed into a single interface.
The interface itself is very fluid. You can swipe between the various functions to get to what you want to get to. You can access feeds and magazines individually or, in the case of news feeds, one big giant list of news. The design is lovely and moving around the app takes but a moment to get used to.
That’s really it folks, if you’ve used the Google Magazine or Currents app, or any other RSS app, you have a pretty good idea of how this app actually works. You subscribe to feeds, get subscriptions to magazines, and read or view it.
People mourning the death of Google Reader now have a second big option aside from Feedly. The use for this app is obvious. Subscribe to your favorite feeds and magazines and then read the content that gets released from those feeds and magazines. Again, it’s really easy.
So here is the good.
And here is the bad.
All in all, this is a mammoth improvement. RSS and magazines on Android are not the most popular services and combining them not only gives current users of those services a chance to try something new, but adds value to entice newer users. There were a few problems here and there, but nothing bad enough to dissuade people from trying it out. If you haven’t tried it yet, you can in the Play Store.
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Great coverage Joe! Thanks AA! Google’s taking over the world!
And doing a better job at it than our current governments!
Is there a way to tell if a single feed has new content at all without opening the app? Right now I have to click on a feed to know if there’s new content for the moment. Unlike the traditional GReader and Reader which notified me of new content on certain intervals that I can set up.
I was looking for this too and couldn’t find a way. The magazines have notifications, though, if that helps. I’ve been using it for a couple of days and I’ve just gotten into the habit of opening it and looking when I want to read something.
Yup, the magazines do have notifications which is quite awesome. The lack of notifications from the feed reader section means I still have to keep GReader around for better access to feeds. Still a great start from Google though.
I used to do the notifications thing, but I follow like 6 or 7 dozen blogs and there comes a point when the “you have 99+ unread stories” notification becomes annoying lol.
How to add AA news feed? ಠ_ಠ
Just search Android Authority and we’ll show up in the results :)
good start. but not enough yet for me to uninstall feedly.
IMO they should just separate everything, as in break it up into:
and the result will be simpler, neater and more colourful :D
You mean separate Google Play into those categories or the Newsstand app? I ask because that’s already how the Google Play Store works, it is categorized into those different sections you wrote. It’s just that if you live outside of the United States, all that’s visible when you enter the Play Store is the Apps section of it.
Pay? Strange concept.