Google Play Newsstand 3.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)

The search monster Google on Tuesday refreshed its Currents for iOS application with a revamped design featuring all-new navigation, the ability to subscribe and get news from topics you’re most interested in, as well as discover new articles and editions in one place, and more.

There’s also the new My Library feature which collates all of your content subscriptions so they can be easily browsed and managed.

For those unfamiliar with Currents, it’s basically Google’s version of Apple’s stock iOS Newsstand application. The iPhone and iPad is available free in the App Store.

Interestingly enough, the Internet giant has also rebranded the app as Google Play Newsstand. This is in line with its naming scheme for Play Store client apps such as Google Play Music, Google Play Movies & TV and Google Play Books, which have been available on the App Store for quite some time now.

The refreshed app has a new Home screen icon, check out the old (left) vs. new (right) comparison below. I’m not a huge fan of the new icon, by the way.

google currents iconGoogle Play Newsstand 3.0 for iOS (app icon, small)

Key highlights of this update:

  • Currents is now Google Play Newsstand
  • New navigation helping you easily access the articles and editions you love including:
    • Read Now – Easily access articles you subscribe to and discover new articles and editions all in one place
    • Topics – Subscribe and get news from topics you are most interested in
    • My Library – All of your subscriptions will be found here
  • A brand new design giving you a streamlined news reading experience

Google Play Newsstand lets you enjoy multimedia articles featuring audio, video and more from your favorite bloggers, websites and big media publishers. The name of the game is consistency: Google Play Newsstand delivers publishers’ content in a consistent fashion.

Available content covers a wider range of topics, from sports, business, cooking, entertainment, fashion and more, with categories like Arts & Photography, Business & Finance, Food & Drink and what not.

The app doubles as a bookmarking service allowing you to save the stories you don’t have time to read for later.

Google Play Newsstand 3.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)

Google Play Newsstand 3.0 comes in at 6.1MB and works natively on any iPhone, iPod touch or iPad powered by iOS 7.0 or later.

[App Store]

  • JoshuaHulgan

    What is it with Android names?
    Google Play Newsstand on the Verion LTE powered Samsung Galaxy SIII mini.

    • Exactly! Why don’t they just rename it to ‘Google Play…’ since unless you have a gigantic phablet or tablet this is what the label will read on your device.

    • RarestName

      Play Newsstand on Galaxy S III Mini.

  • R4

    Oh my god. Wow.

  • Tommy

    Nice icon tho.

  • Chetan

    Once upon a time I used to like it but when I met Flipboard.. I never looked back…

    And now since it has the androidish name NO WAYS MAN!!!

    • KungFu

      Too bad your so blindsided by bad faith. Play newsstand owns flipboard ten times over with ease.

  • Fede777

    Have to say it looks really good, it’s just that I already use Circa, Pocket, Feedly and Flipboard. Maybe I should do a bit of cleanup. Not to mention Twitter lists.

  • Anyone else think the Material Design choice of google kinda clashes a bit with iOS 7/8?

  • It’s about time. There was something cheap about Currents