With today’s launch, Google is putting the focus on Android, but iOS users will be able to enjoy the fruits of Mountain View’s labor as well… eventually. A spokesperson told us that Newsstand will be coming to Apple’s mobile OS early next year, primarily as a replacement to Currents. And, while you probably won’t be able to purchase subscriptions directly through the app, you will be able to pick up periodicals through the web storefront and have them delivered to your handset or tablet.
Due to the application having the integrated Currents functionality, you can expect it to be pulling in up-to-date information from the web (assuming you have an internet connection). I was never a user of Currents, nor I am a user of Play Magazines on my Nexus 7. When it comes to news, I tend to rely more on RSS readers and dedicated news applications, not aggregators. But that is just me, there is obviously a market for news aggregators, and it’ll be interesting to see how this gets adopted (or lack thereof). Be looking out for this next year.
What do you think? Will you try out Google Play Newsstand? Or will you stick to your current habits? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.