As it worked on building out its Apple News+ subscription service, Apple purchased the digital magazine company Texture in March last year. Now we’ve got a firm date when Apple will officially shut down Texture, which means Android users will unfortunately be out of luck.
According to emails sent to current Texture subscribers pointing to a FAQ on the company’s website, Texture’s last day of service will be May 28, 2019. Existing customers will be offered a one-month free trial to Apple News+ to make the jump.
However, Apple is offering the free one-month trial to all users, not just Texture subscribers. Unfortunately, this leaves Android users without an option to continue on as the Apple News+ replacement is only available on iOS and macOS.
Texture/Android users have been sharing their disappointment on Twitter and elsewhere and will have to find another alternative, unless they want to switch to iOS.
Apple News+ offers users access to 300 magazines and few select newspapers for $9.99/month after the free trial ends.
@Apple this is bs. Ive been texture subscriber for 5 yrs, shutting down to force people to buy your proprietary hardware is complete garbage. Well my spouse wanted to save $ guess I'll stick with scribd. Keep texture on android, cause this won't make me buy apple. pic.twitter.com/NsWvPnaSW4
— Lori King (@1loriking) March 29, 2019