Play Store Newsstand is a unique service from Google that replaces the traditional, old-fashioned newsstand on every street corner with a digital newsstand that you can access from anywhere. It is a real news service, gathering stories from different sources, all powered by Google since 2013. Google Play Store Newsstand works with both Android and iOS platforms, so you can access the best news stories from the most reputable sources from practically any mobile device. Play Store Newsstand works by allowing you to subscribe to your favorite newspapers, magazines and news feeds like The New York Times, TIME Magazine, Newsweek and hundreds more. You can tailor your subscriptions around interests well beyond typical news and politics, including entertainment, fashion, health, business, finance, lifestyle and other interests. You can subscribe to free and paid feeds through the Google Play Store on your Android device, the Google Play Store Newsstand app for Android and iOS, or the official Google Play website on other devices.
How to download Google Play Store Newsstand – Android
To enjoy the Google Play Store Newsstand service on your Android smartphone or tablet, you have to download the application from the Google Play Store. In the search bar, type “Newsstand”. Once you find it, download and install it just like you would install any app on your device.
How to download Google Play Store Newsstand – iPhone and iPad
Users of iOS devices like iPhone and iPad can enjoy the best news stories from Google Play Store Newsstand, too. All you need to do is download the official application from the iTunes App Store. Just search for “Newsstand” and once you find the Google Play Newsstand app in the search results, continue installing it just like you would install any other app on your iPhone or iPad. Because Newsstand is powered by Google Play, you will need to login with a Google account (Gmail address) and password; if you don’t have one already, you will have the option to create a new account when you install Newsstand on your device.
Using Play Store Newsstand
Once you have Newsstand installed on your device, you will see that the app is organized into 4 sections to give you the best possible news reading experience. They are: Read Now, Bookmarks, My Library, and Explore.
The Read Now section allows you to read all the latest news in your feed. You will find that navigation in this section is highly intuitive by scrolling up and down very smoothly while surfing news, and that the news is presented in very exciting and streamlined way. Google Play Store Newsstand is really designed in a way that is very helpful for finding what you are interested in, whether by viewing a thumbnail photo related to the story, the date of publishing, the author’s name, or the category of the story (e.g. news, business, entertainment, health, etc.). You can also edit the categories by yourself however you like and create your own categories. When you are browsing your feeds on Play Store Newsstand, you will only see the headlines; to read the whole story, you just have to tap on the headline. You can also save pages to read them later offline when you don’t have permanent Wi-Fi connection.
Finding more news stories that you will enjoy is very easy with Newsstand. For example, you may like a particular author’s style of writing and you would like to read more stories by this author. By simply tapping on the author’s name, you will see all the articles that have been written by that same author. Keeping track of what you have already read is easy too; after reading an article, the headline of it will be colored green as a sign that you have read it before. Google doesn’t include advertisements in the articles, or anything that doesn’t relate to the heart of the article so the reader is not distracted and has a pleasant reading experience.
The My Library section is where you can organize your feed subscriptions, magazines and categories. This is where you can see all stories from your free and paid subscribed feeds, and you will also see an “add more” button that allows you to add additional subscriptions or categories. Keep in mind that you will have to add a payment method in Google Play in order to purchase a paid subscription. Every article has a menu button that will appear near the bottom when you hover the cursor over it (on PC) or tap and hold; this menus gives you options to share, remove, and store on your device.
There are two small issues with Google Play Store Newsstand that some people might find frustrating. The first is that you can’t unfollow, remove, or block your subscribed news sources. Second, you can’t easily move between sections by swiping your finger, this can only be done by returning to options menu. However, Newsstand is still a fairly young program from Google, and Google Play Store rolls out new updates constantly, so it’s likely that these problems will be resolved in a very short period of time.