If you had paid a visit to the Play Store on your Android phone or tablet, you've probably noticed that one of the most popular Google Play services - Magazines - has been replaced with a brand new app called Newsstand. The newcomer mixes features of its predecessor with RSS-like functionality from the Currents app. You can use Newsstand for buying magazines and newspapers as well as staying in touch with news and your favorite online feeds. Ability to bookmark specific articles and save them for later is a genuinely useful addition.
The application offers access to publications from all around the world. With just a few taps you can buy and download the most recent issue of the New York Times or Wall Street Journal. As for online feeds, the app allows you to browse key categories and choose sources you want to receive information from. You cannot, however, add custom links or import your feed library from Feedly or Google Reader.
Google Play Newsstand is elegant, smooth and polished. It has a colorful, yet a little chaotic interface full of transitions and animations. What's even more important, it is free. You can download it now from the Google Play Store (or update the Play Magazines app). iOS version is expected to arrive in 2014.