Google exploring ‘digital newsstand’

Google is talking with newspaper and magazine publishers as it furthers its plans to provide gadgets with the Android operating system with their very own ‘digital newsstand’.

Owners of Android-running hardware, which can be found in phones, tablets and even televisions, could see publications from the likes of Time Inc, Conde Nast and Hearst if talks with the publishers prove fruitful.

The move would put Google’s Android software in even more direct competition with the likes of the iPhone and iPad, which already offers digital versions of magazines such as Wired and newspapers including the New York Times.

(Source: Press Gazette)

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