Apple acquired the “Netflix for magazines” service, Texture, back in March of 2018. It took just under a month for the company to turn things around and announce a brand new in-house service following that acquisition.
Texture continued to serve its customers following the Apple acquisition, except for Windows users. Apple shut down Texture for Windows (amid a myriad of bad reviews for the app) in June of last year, saying it wanted to “keep things working smoothly” outside of the Windows ecosystem. Plus, it probably helped Apple build News+, the magazine and news service based on Texture the company announced earlier this month.
Now, Texture has officially announced that it will be shutting down its service this year. Specifically, May 28, 2019, will be the final day to access the service. It will now be guiding folks towards Apple News+.
The bad news: Texture, while not praised on Windows, has found a customer base on Android. With the subscription service shutting down, it leaves those customers out in the cold, as Apple News+ is not available on Android at this point.
This was inevitable, but it’s still sad to see Android users losing the service altogether. Keeping Texture around probably wasn’t feasible, however. Maybe we’ll see Apple launch News+ for Android at some point in the near future. That would make some headlines for WWDC.
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Did you ever use Texture? Are you already trying out Apple News+?[via TechCrunch; Texture]