Google Play Newsstand

Google has launched its Play Newsstand Android app as a one-stop-shop for magazines, news and blogs.

Rivalling Apple's Newsstand, the Play Newsstand is now the place for Android smartphone and tablet users to head for news content, magazines and blogs. The new app is a replacement for Play Magazines.

Google said: "Newsstand puts the news you care about most front and center and presents stories that interest you based on your tastes. The more you read the better it will get. You can subscribe to magazines, newspapers, blogs and news sites and we'll format and optimize them all for reading on your tablet or phone."

"With the swipe of a finger, you can browse full length articles, with beautiful images, audio and video right inside the app. You can access these articles even when you're offline or bookmark them to read later."

The search giant said that Play Newsstand has more than 1,900 free and paid-for publications on offer – including PC Advisor.

Read Now is a feature that brings all the content relevant to your interests to the forefront of the app. It's essentially reading recommendations that get better the more you read. Stories can be bookmarked and also saved offline so you can read them whenever it suits you.

For those in the US, Canada, UK or Australia, the Google Play Magazines app will be upgraded to Google Play Newsstand over the next few days. Everyone else can download the Play Newsstand app directly from the Play store.

Play Newsstand also replaces Google Currents so users can upgrade by downloading the new app. All of your usual news sources will be transferred to the new app.