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Google Play may be getting a News section

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Google Play may be getting a News section
Some intrepid code hunters have found evidence that Google may be about to introduce a new section to the Google Play Store: a News section. The idea is that it will be something similar to Apple's Newsstand, but focused specifically on newspapers since Google Play already has a dedicated Magazines section.

Apparently, the big indicator that this was more than a rumor comes from the code of the web version of the Play Store itself, which has mentions of the News section:
To read Google Play News, you must have a supported Android phone or tabletPlease sign in to get this News edition.
Please sign in to purchase this News Issue.
Please sign in to purchase this News Edition Subscription.
Subscribing you to this news edition...
You have subscribed to this news edition. It is now available on your device.
As you can tell from that, the News section would offer both Issues and Subscriptions to news sources, and just like other Google Play options, it will automatically send content to your devices. 

Google Play may be getting a News section
A bit more digging found that the new section may have already been assigned a color to go along with the existing sections of Music (orange), TV & Movies (red), Apps (green), Books (blue), Magazines (purple), and Devices (slate). The Play Store CSS seems to refer to the News section as having a yellow banner. 

If we had to guess, we'd assume that this is something that's in the works for a Google I/O launch, just like Magazines were launched at last year's I/O along with the Nexus 7. 

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posted on 15 Mar 2013, 18:04 1

1. sid07desai (Posts: 262; Member since: 03 May 2012)


Then what's the point of Google Currents? I defeats the purpose of a 'Store'. They're gonna sell news now?

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 18:31

2. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2681; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Theoretically the News section of the store would be for news sources that only offer subscriptions, like the New York Times, or Wall Street Journal. Free sources would still go through whatever you want: Currents, Flipboard, News360, etc.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 19:20

3. Dimitru (Posts: 40; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


sounds good !!

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 19:45

4. clevername (Posts: 1429; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Perhaps this is one reason behind the demise of reader. If you wanna sell news, drop the very popular free news source. Of course, like i said, just ONE of many reasons.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 20:37 1

6. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2681; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Google Reader isn't a "free news source", it's just a news aggregator. You could have had the New York Times or Wall Street Journal in your Reader, but you wouldn't be able to read much if you didn't pay for subscriptions.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 20:13

5. shamataa (Posts: 202; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


sounds good to me. More for the users

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