July 14, 2015 Last Updated 2:27 pm

Google updates iOS app for Google Play Newsstand

App update for the app, formerly known as Currents, now allows reading of magazines within the app, but not interactive magazines, app description warns

The Google Play Newsstand app for iOS has been updated bringing the app up to version 3.2.


Rolling Stone on Google Play Newsstand

Google Play Newsstand is, of course, the app that was once called Currents, Google’s own version of Flipboard, and not some sort of competitor to Apple’s Newsstand. I’m sure that confuses some users because it is mentioned in the app description that one can read magazines using the app, but not interactive magazines.

Do people actually use this app? That’s hard to say as there are a number of reviews inside iTunes, but they are very, very mixed. Usually apps get either a 1-star review or a 5-star review – not this one, it is all over the place.

But there are a lot of big media brands to be found inside the app, just as I assume there will be a lot of big media brands signing up to Apple News. Both Current, I mean Google Play Newsstand, and the new Apple News look well designed, but… still, will readers think this is better than just surfing the web?

Here is the app description for the update:

What’s New in Version 3.2
Magazine support!

  • Read magazines you’ve purchased (note: interactive magazines are not supported)
  • Read articles in a mobile optimized format
  • See articles from recent issues in Highlights

Improvements to Highlights

  • Highlights includes even more articles from sources and topics you subscribe to
  • Stay up to date with the new “Top News” cluster in Highlights
  • Find related news at the end of an article

Performance improvements and bug fixes

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