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Google has pushed out a few updates to its Android apps today, and after Search and Hangouts comes Play Newsstand. Having come together as an amalgamation of Play Magazines and Google Currents, Newsstand's latest update brings us a couple of neat new additions including the pretty hot looking homescreen widget we see here. 

The default widget size is 4x3, and it's pretty darn nice to look at. You just get one article at a time with a big old image, the headline and where and when it came from. To cycle through your most recent stuff, tap the down arrow in the bottom right corner and you'll keep on going until you run out of things to read. 

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Also new in this latest update is the ability to display mini cards on the main page. It's exactly what it sounds like, in that it'll shrink all your content cards to a much smaller size and you'll get more on the screen at once. Toggling it on and off is real simple, just open up the main menu and its a check box right there under refresh. 

Google's changelog just says "bug fixes," so we're not 100% sure if that's it or if there's some more goodies underneath. So far we've noticed it's a little smoother on our devices, with much less lag than has been present in the past. If you notice something else new, drop us a line in the comments!

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Reader comments

Google Play Newsstand updated with a hot widget and mini card view

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They always update many apps when they update one, it seems.

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Posted via my thumbs and Google Keyboard. N7 2013

It has bookmarking

The previous version had bookmarking too

Click on a story and in the upper right hand corner you will see a icon to save your stories

The problem with this app is it often goes offline and the stories don't reload

And it's still an issue in this version

But it's still a good app

Just needs more updates to fix the bugs

I'm not seeing either of these two updates on either of my devices (nexus7 2013 or HTC pne) cant figure out why, any help would be appreciated!