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[APK] Google Play Newsstand Updated to 3.2.1
It’s still Wednesday here at XDA headquarters in the Eastern US, and you know what that means. I’m of course talking about Google Update Wednesday. Unlike previous Wednesdays in recent memory, we’re not graced with a barrage of updates. And given how seemingly off kilter these updates have been for the last two weeks, we’re not too surprised. But just as we were about to put our hopes of first party app updates to rest, Google decided to issue an update to Play Newsstand, bringing it to version 3.2.1.
So what does Play Newsstand 3.2.1 bring over the previous 3.2.0 build that we talked about a month and a half ago? Not too much, to be honest. 3.2.0 was the version that introduced the article mini-cards, horizontally swipeable categories, and the combined My Library page. But one interesting (hidden) feature in this build is the presence of a new Designer Mode that is available in the application’s Developer Settings. To get here, simply tap the Newsstand version number in settings many times in rapid succession (just as you would to get to Developer Options in Android OS), and then scroll to the bottom of the page. This mode allows for testing design changes, and supposedly causes the app to operate slowly. On my own Nexus 5, however, I experienced no slowdowns. But as stated by commenter Premysl Vaculík, this option was actually present in 3.2.0. In other words, 3.2.1 is likely just behind the scenes bugfixes.
You can learn more by heading over to the Google Play Listing for Play Newsstand. The update will gradually make its way out to consumer devices via the Play Store in the coming days. But for those who want to get in on the action a bit early, we’ve gone ahead and mirrored the APK on our Dev-Host account for your sideloading pleasure. And if you’re looking for the previous batch of Google apps, head over to our app update compendium from this past Saturday.
[Many thanks to kautionwirez for the APK!]
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