Google News reportedly ends digital magazines, refunds active subscriptions

Android Police posts an email sent to subscribers saying no new issues are coming and full refunds are being processed.

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Google News is getting rid of magazines. 

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Google has reportedly begun sunsetting its print-replica magazine service. Paid Google News magazine users have begun receiving emails announcing that the service is shutting down, Android Police reported Friday. The email says users won't be able to purchase new issues or renew magazine subscriptions via Google News. The last subscription payment will be refunded within 30 days.

The email also says users will still be able to access previously-purchased issues in the Following or Favorites tab, depending on the app. 

Google launched Play Magazines in 2012, and later renamed it Play Newsstand to focus on newspapers. The services later merged to Google News. 

Google didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. 

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