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This article was published on October 2, 2014

Google gives its Play Newsstand app for Android a Material Design makeover

Google gives its Play Newsstand app for Android a Material Design makeover
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Nick Summers is a technology journalist for The Next Web. He writes on all sorts of topics, although he has a passion for gadgets, apps and Nick Summers is a technology journalist for The Next Web. He writes on all sorts of topics, although he has a passion for gadgets, apps and video games in particular. You can reach him on Twitter, circle him on Google+ and connect with him on LinkedIn.

Google today updated version its Play Newsstand app for Android with a Material Design makeover. It follows the Play Newsstand app for iOS, which Google released less than 10 days ago as a successor to Google Currents.

news2If you’ve tried Play Newsstand for iOS, or at least looked at the screenshots, you’ll have a good idea of what to expect. The design is flatter than before, with larger images and playful animations. Scrolling up and down reveals a smooth stream of article cards with interesting photos, in addition to smaller rows of square icons for specific publications. Tapping any one of these will send you to a stream centered on that specific outlet, where you can also add them to your ‘My Library’ section.

Today’s update also introduces a new magazine reading experience for smartphones. Now, you’ll see a clear list of articles that you can read individually. No more pawing around the screen to look at a digital double-page spread.

(Note: Google says the updated app will roll out to all users over the next week, so sit tight if you’re not seeing it just yet.)

➤ Google Play Newsstand [Android]

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