Mountain View – Google play books announced on Thursday a new feature that will ease the comic book reading experience in digital devices.
This new update will help users scroll through pages. For that, Google has added a vertical scrolling feature that allows readers to flip their smartphone on its side and view comic book panels in landscape mode. Users will be able to use quick vertical swipes to scroll through the pages. This upgrade will be handy as you won’t have to be constantly adjusting the view with every new page.
“Reading a comic book is all about following the story and enjoying the art, dialogue and pace the way you want, but navigating a comic can be tricky on a small phone or tablet screen” Greg Hartrell, senior product manager at Google Play Books, said in a blog post explaining the reason why the new feature was introduced.
This is the first upgrade focus directly on the comic book reading community. Google said they made the decision based on the big number of comic book fans on the app. Hartrell said that comic book category is hugely popular and their readers turn twice as many pages as others on Google play.
Users will find most of the big name publishers on Play Books such as DC Comics, Marvel, Image, IDW and Dark Horse. More good news, google is giving 44 free comic books to celebrate the launch of this new update.
Landscape viewing is not the only novelty included in the upgrade. The reading app is also adding new curated pages with comic recommendations organized by issue, volumes and editions to quickly find what you’re looking for.
All of these updates are now available only for Android users in the United States, Canada, Australia, Great Britain, India, Singapore, Ireland, New Zealand, and South Africa. iOS is hoped to join along in a few weeks.