New iPad Social Magazines from Yahoo and Google Expected Soon

New iPad Social Magazines from Yahoo and Google Expected Soon
Yahoo's Livestand and Google's Propeller are expected to enter a crowded digital tablet newsstand next week--joining scial magazine apps, like Flipboard, TweetMag, CNN's Zite, and Editions by AOL.

These apps are another vision of what magazines could be for tablets: great utilities, updated frequently, with easy navigation and social media in their DNA -- all with beautiful magazine-like interfaces. For traditional print publications, the magic will be a combination of this type utility and interface, with the bespoke design and content of a printed publication. Once this happens, we will have truly reinvented magazines for tablets.

Yahoo Livestand video after the jump...

Yahoo's Livestand is expected to launch on Wednesday acording to All Things D [Update: now live in App Store]. We could see Google's app for iPad and Android (rumored to be called Propeller or Currents) before the end of the month as well.

On the Flipboard front, we're expected to see their app available for the iPhone shortly.

On a related note, SPD is hosting a Tablet Town Hall on November 10th. Come see how you can combine print and digital to reinvent magazine on the iPad. RSVP here, seating is limited.

  • Jeremy LaCroix

    Show of hands: Who here on SPD is using any of these products and what do you like or dislike about them?

    I'm currently using Editions, What I like about Editions is that it can be highly personalized to my likes. What I'm not 100 percent stoked on is the lack variation in design treatments overall. (full discloser: I'm on the Mobile Team at AOL)

    I'm super curious what CNN will do with Zite, and the rumors about Propeller have been swirling for a few months, what will Google come up with? They have had their share of hits and misses over the years... Will Propeller be a win?

    I'm dubious, any content scraper IMHO is going to face an uphill battle when it comes to presentation and voice. Users expect beautiful layouts and I still believe people want a Point of View, Algorithms just aren't very good at that yet.

    What's your take?

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