Material Design comes to Google Play Newsstand

The Android L bug has caught on at Google and we are starting to see their native applications adopt the Material Design framework that we saw at Google I/O this year. Play Newsstand is the latest app to be receiving this update and it comes with some welcome enhancements. All of this comes according to a post published on Thursday on the Android Official blog.

For those of us who have attempted to read magazines on mobile devices, it’s been a tale of two worlds. On tablets, most content creators and applications designers do well on scaling to make them readable by and large. The updated Play Newsstand app will only help improve those high standards being set by subscribers. On phones, however, the experience is completely impractical. Zooming is required to even read an article. When a magazine article is zoomed, it turns the content into a bloated hot mess. Google is claiming they have solved this issue and we’ll see it with the next Newsstand update.

On the aforementioned blog post they state,

Play Newsstand brings together all of your favorite news sources in one reading experience, including everything from online newspapers, websites, blogs and your favorite print magazines. Today’s redesign brings a new magazine reading experience on your phone. In the past, print magazines have been hard to read on a small screen, zooming in and out to skim an article. But now you’ll see a list of articles from the magazine that you can toggle through and easily read with big images right on your phone.

The solution, of course, is Material Design.

Thanks to the UI changes, users will be able to easily swipe pages and scroll to read articles. All the while pictures and media should pop and not get in the way, which is similar to how the magazine experience works on phones today.

The update will roll out over the next few days. They will also be beefing up their content offerings by allowing for deeper searching into topics that readers care about. I hope they live up to their promise – though I am not a big magazine subscriber, that could change if an application can bring me that content to the device that I’m using when I want to absorb it.


Play Newsstand is available for Free in the Google Play Store.

Source: Android Blog

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