New York and London—The New York Times and the Financial Times Wednesday announced separately that they debuted native applications for Android smartphone and tablet users on the new Google Play Newsstand.
The Financial Times said in a statement that the Google Play Newsstand is the first third-party platform through which readers can subscribe to the FT directly. Nonsubscribers can read eight articles per month for free, in line with the FT's metered-access model that is the same across all platforms.
The New York Times is offering a special promotion for nonsubscribers using the Google Play Newsstand, raising the article limit to 15 a day through Jan. 5, after which the limit goes back to three articles each day, as with other mobile applications, the Times said in a statement.
Google previously had an app for news sites, called Currents, and a separate app for magazines, called Google Play Magazine. According to the Android Official Blog, “Google Play Newsstand offers more than 1,900 free and paid full-length publications that you can subscribe to or follow.”