Apple app cloned as Google Play Newsstand released for Android

Google has released a new Android app called Google Play Newsstand, mirroring much of the functionality of Apple’s Newsstand app.

Since the release of the iPhone 4S in 2011, Apple iOS devices have come bundled with a built-in app, called Apple Newsstand, dedicated to downloading, storing and displaying app content.

The Newsstand app supersedes Google Play Magazines, with the new app set to replace Magazines over the coming days for all users who have selected to auto-update their apps.

Google promises users will be able to access to more than 1,900 free and paid, full length publications through the app.

Aside from newspaper and magazines, Google says the app will also include content from blogs and online news sites including ABC News, Mumbrella, The Atlantic, CBS Sports, CNET, The Daily Beast and Huffington Post.

“Newsstand puts the news you care about most front and center and presents stories that interest you based on your tastes. The more you read the better it will get,” Google says in a statement.

“You can subscribe to magazines, newspapers, blogs and news sites and we’ll format and optimize them all for reading on your tablet or phone.”

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