Javascript file hints at possible Google Play News feature

Mar 16, 2013
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Javascript file hints at possible Google Play News feature

The folks over at Android Police did some sleuthing and discovered some surprising tidbits within a Javascript file on Google Play's website. According to information found within the file, Google is prepping a new feature called "Google Play News," with various sentences scattered within it indicating that it will offer newspapers in the same way Play already offers magazines and other content.

What kind of information is in the Javascript? Says Android Police, they dug out these phrase: "To read Google Play News, you must have a supported Android phone or tablet." "Please sign in to get this News edition." "Please sign in to purchase this News Issue." "Please sign in to purchase this News Edition Subscription." "Subscribing you to this news edition..." "You have subscribed to this news edition. It is now available on your device."

As you can see, there is mention of both subscriptions and issues, indicating that users will be able to either subscribe to a specific newspaper, or to purchase individual issues of one or more papers. There is also a reference to news "Editions," which are yet unspecified, so we'll have to wait and see what they mean by that.

Another interesting tidbit was found in a CSS file, which shows that the color yellow will be assigned to the not-yet-available news section in the same way the music, movies, magazines, and such all have their own color assignments. This seems to further confirm the information found in the Javascript file. Aside from this, Google is redirecting to its Magazine pages for news links, and is using Magazine images as placeholders.

[via Android Police]


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