As part of the ongoing holiday celebration by Google, the Play Store has a ton of free and discounted content today for its Christmas special. Highlighting the list are a number of awesome free games, books, movies, and music. To see the full list, hit the break below.
Things were getting a bit confusing on the news-front of Google Play. First we had Google Reader, but it was discontinued. Play Magazines and Google Currents brought the news straight to our devices, but why were they two separate apps? After all, they pretty much preformed the same function.
Now, Google is introducing Google Play Newsstand. This application combines Play Magazines and Google Currents into a single, standalone application, and will let you follow your favorite magazines, newspapers, blogs, news sites, and will format all of the news for your device.
Google Play has grown to have capabilities to sell you apps, music, movies, magazines, books games, and a who lot more. It seems like the store is going to be able to sell you something new in the near future. Android Police tore down the upcoming Google Play version 4.4, and found interesting hints to a new portal called “Newsstand.” It’s actually not the first time “Newsstand” has been spotted – it showed up as “Play News” in the online code of Google Play earlier this year, but this discovery has to lead us to believe that “Newsstand” is coming sooner rather than later.
There’s nothing definite yet, but a deeper look at the code reveals that the “Magazines” section of Google Play could merge into the “Newsstand” section, which would make sense considering that is how iOS’s NewsStand is designed. The code also says there will be a free trial offered of some sort, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Source: Android Police
Google is now offering a “Free for print subscribers” option for certain magazines in the Play Store. If you subscribe to certain magazines that offer this, you’ll see a login screen asking for your email address and password to your magazine’s online account. Once you see it, go ahead and select “subscribe”, then you will see an option called “free for print subscribers,” thus the magazine is available for free.
Note that this is only available on your Android phone or tablet and not in the Google Play web version on your computer.
source: Google Support
One of the things I was pumped about regarding the purchase of my Android tablet was the ability to read magazines on it. I’m a huge magazine guy. I just thought the convenience and “cool factor” of reading a magazine on a tablet sounded inviting. Turns out that I simply liked the idea of magazines on a tablet. How many magazines have I read in the six months of tablet ownership? Zero.
However, Google’s latest feature may change my old fashioned, paper magazine habit. You can now access the magazines on Google Chrome that you’ve purchased from the Play Store. The feature looks slick, offering on screen, clickable buttons for virtual navigation of the magazine. You will find the magazines’ clickable content along the left side which acts as the table of Contents. You can also pan and zoom for closer examination of pages. This is yet another way in which Google is enabling your Play Store purchases to follow you wherever the day may take you. For those of you that give it a go, let us know how you like it.
With Google’s launch of Magazines being available on Google Play, Hearst has taken advantage of that and has announced that all 20 of its popular magazine brands are now available for purchase and reading on Android smartphones and tablets. Hearst Magazines is one of the world’s largest publishers of monthly magazines, so this should be welcomed by many Android users. Google Play users can buy single issues or annual subscriptions to Hearst titles such as Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire, the newly launched HGTV Magazine, Marie Claire, and many more. Readers will also enjoy these digital magazines in full-color with a clickable table of contents.
This is a great addition into Google Play’s ecosystem and should bring in plenty of subscribers to the Android platform. Anyone out there interested in any of these titles?
Full press release after the break:
With the recent launch of Google Play to replace the Android Market, it seems clear that Google is planning some major moves, likely to compete with its most obvious competitor, Apple’s iTunes and iBooks. This doesn’t require much explanation as to why, since it would be a vital move for Google to expand its services in order to remain in a contending position. It seems that in addition to offering apps, movies, music and e-books, Google is planning to offer audiobooks, magazines and newspapers as well.
The initial sighting was in the in the Google Play Help Center by Google news site Google Operating System, with empty pages for “Audio Books” and “Magazines and Journals”. Also noted is Google’s registration of several place holder domains such as googleplaymagazines.com, googleplaynewspapers.com, googleplaynewsstand.com and googleplaytv.com among various other iterations of these themes. Looks to me like Google is planning another major update to its services, and I for one will welcome them with open arms when they’re released some time in the future.
Today Zinio announced that their “Explore” option is now available to Android tablet users that have Android 3.x Honeycomb. The Zinio Explore gives you free access to the latest premium stories from every major magazine genre, including sports, entertainment, business, and lifestyle. It’s updated daily, and you will find it alongside the “Shop” and “Read” sections.
“With Zinio, just like browsing a newsstand, readers can pick a magazine and read a quick article,” said Zinio President and CEO Rich Maggiotto. “But unlike a real-world newsstand, or any other digital newsstand, Zinio offers 5,000 magazines, covering every subject. Our readers can enjoy domestic titles, as well as hard-to-find content from around the world — we’re providing the first truly global newsstand.”
If you are not already familiar with Zinio, it’s the world’s largest newsstand of magazines. You can download digital subscritions or single issues and sync them across multiple devices. You also get 4 free issues upon downloading the app for the first time. Just head over to the Android Market or for the QR code hit our Apps Database.
Full press release after the break:
Android Tablet Owners Now Get Top Magazine Articles for Free Through Zinio
Zinio released its magazine reader app this past summer, but only to Honeycomb tablets. Today they are announcing that it is available for all Android 2.2 Froyo and 2.3 Gingerbread devices.
Zinio brings the “world’s largest newstand” of magazines to your phone or tablet. You can download digital susbriptions or single issues and sync your library on multiple devices.
To celebrate this update, Zinio is giving users free access to the following magazines through August 15:
- Bike Magazine
- ESPN The Magazine
- House Beautiful
- Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine
- Outdoor Photographer
- Robb Report
- Seattle Met
- SURFER Magazine
- Wine Enthusiast.
Google looks to be building its own relationships with major publication companies so it can launch its own digital newsstand to rival Apple, to run an Android smartphones and tablets. Some of the publishers Google has initiated talks with is Time Inc., Condé Nast and Hearst Corp.
WSJ was told that when we’ll see this rolled out to Android OS is uncertain and “vague”. Also, WSJ acknowledges that this may never actually launch because it comes from anonymous sources. Google is apparently promising publishers that it will take less than Apple’s 30% cut of periodical app sales through iTunes App Store, and Google will also give the publishers data about app buyers for marketing similar products to its readers.
Google had this statement;
We’ve consistently said we’re talking with publishers about ways we can work together, including whether we can help them with technology for subscription services. We have nothing specific to announce at this time
Well, we know that when a story comes out with any sort of detail, it usually has some relevance and likely will show its head in some form or another in the near future.