Next Issue updates iOS, Android apps
The digital newsstand Next Issue has updated its app for iOS, bringing the app up to version 4.4.0.
The update adds a nice feature that allows you to check on the top stories from the magazines the reader has favorited. I’m not sure of the usefulness of the feature – after all, magazines are supposed to be leisure time reads – but the feature certainly has no downside that I can think of, and if it leads to more use of the app by readers that is all good.
What’s New in Version 4.4.0
- Short on reading time? Check out the top stories from your favorite titles, now with a single tap.
- Need a recipe? Planning a trip? Use the magnifying glass in the upper right corner to search the entire Next Issue catalog for articles on any topic.
Next Issue also released an update for its app inside Google Play. The changes there are not the same:
- For the French readers out there, we’ve added support for French language. Just make the change in the device language setting to enable it.
- Also fixed some bugs.
Next Issue Media also announced today that it would be adding a new title to its digital newsstand: House & Home, a Canadian title published by Lynda Reeves and edited by Suzanne Dimma. NIM brought on Rogers Media as a strategic partner in September of 2013 as it entered the Canadian market.
Most digital publishing professionals know that they need to support Android. But most are still owners of iOS devices and so rarely check out the Google Play app store unless it is to check out their own apps. I’m as guilty of this as anyone.
But while the newsstand portion of Google Play is no better than Apple’s Newsstand (why Google hasn’t sensed an opportunity there, I do not know), there are some features there that are clearly better.
One of them is the ability to respond directly to reviews. First, this allows the developer/publisher to help a customer; and second, it helps counter reviews from dubious sources (like competitors).
I continued to be tempted to cut the cord, so to speak, and have my next smartphone be Android. I’m not dissatisfied with iOS and my iPhone so much as Apple’s continued failure to fix the Newsstand can’t be ignored – they really are disinterested in digital magazines and newspapers, and eventually some alternative is bound to arise. But will it come from Google? I’m not seeing yet.