Google looks set to give news publishers a boost in 2011 with the launch of a digital newsstand for mobile phones which use its Android operating system.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the move could see Google step up competition with Apple, which already offers such a service via its iTunes store for users of the iPhone and iPad devices.
According to the WSJ, Google is in talks with publishers such as Time Inc, Conde Nast and Hearst in the US over how such an app could offer digital versions of their magazine titles.
In a statement Google said: “We’ve consistently said we’re talking with publishers about ways we can work together, including whether we can help them with technology for subscription services. We have nothing specific to announce at this time.”