24 October 2012, 6:05 PM
APC magazine is now available on Google Play as Google beefs up its app store with Australia's most popular magazines.
APC magazine is now finally available on Android devices. Google has just launched a new 'Magazines' tab on Google Play in Australia. This is the first international launch for Google Play Magazines, which launched in the US in June this year. From today, you'll be able to pick up a digital version of APC for your Android tablet or phone.
Carry your favourite magazine with you and get the latest issues instantly delivered to your tablet or phone via the Google Play Magazines App. The app is Google's version of Apple's Newsstand but without the skeuomorphism of bookshelves.
The addition of magazines now means Google continues to bolster its content offering in the Australian version of Google Play. The Google Play digital replica edition includes all of the print edition of APC, and allows you to flip to 'Text Mode' when reading on a phone to get a great reading experience for longer articles.
How much does it cost?
The Google Play Magazine app is free to download. Once the app is installed on your Android device, you can purchase the digital edition of our magazine from there. The version of APC magazine in the Google Play Magazines App looks the same as the printed version, but at a significantly lower price. While the printed version in a newsagent costs $9.95, the one in Google Play is at a significantly lower price of $5.49, partly because it does not come with a DVD disc. It can be bought as a single issue or as a subscription and comes with a 14-day free trial for subscription purchases.
What version of Android will it work with?
Google Play Magazines App for Android requires Android 2.2 and up. We recommend that you read APC on a larger 10-inch tablet. While it's viewable on smaller 7-inch tablets and smartphones, you'll find it more comfortable to read on a 10-inch tablet as you'll be able to view pages at near-magazine size. Unlike the iPad edition, this version of APC is currently not interactive, but we expect to have an interactive version in the future.
What's in the current edition?
The edition currently on sale in Google Play is November 2012.
Among the highlights is our final verdict on Windows 8. APC's experts Ashton Mills and Darren Yates provide an exhaustive run-through of the new OS, pointing out the improvements and discussing the issues that arise from Win 8's tablet-oriented interface. If you're wondering whether to upgrade to Windows 8, this is a must-read piece that clearly sets out APC's position on this controversial Microsoft product and our thoughts on who should and who shouldn't upgrade to it.
In a treat for hardware enthusiasts, we also introduce a series of tutorials on Arduino, the amazing open-source electronic prototyping platform that allows you to build interactive gadgets, robots, toys and sensors, all with $39 single-board microcontrollers. Darren Yates explains how it works and how to create things with it.
For more information, check it out here on the Google Play store
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