A quick news blip for the 12 remaining Google Currents users on iOS as the company just announced Currents will be going by the wayside in favor of Google’s aptly named “Newsstand.” Aside from Google’s ridiculously original name, the company is ready to place all of your magazine, newspaper, blog and news site subscriptions in one place. Any other iOS users having a deja vu moment with the “Newsstand” name right about now?
Google’s Newsstand will offer more than 1900 free and paid, full length publications that you can subscribe or follow. As for the name, Google’s product manager for Newsstand Scott Dougall had this to say to The Verge:
Dougall says the company chose to use the Newsstand name because it’s the easiest way to describe what the app provides. “It needs to be self-evident to people,” he says. “At the end of the day, we didn’t want to invent something cute.” And if a user had a bad experience with Apple’s Newsstand in the past, Google’s product team ultimately felt comfortable that those feelings wouldn’t transfer over to their app.
Right, so here’s how the 9to5 staff feels about two Newsstand apps on iOS:
Soon there will be two Newsstand apps on iOS that no on cares about bit.ly/17N62FM—
Jordan Kahn (@JordanKahn) November 20, 2013
You can grab the rest of the details including a list of publications over at our sister site 9to5Google.com.