Google Currents

Google Currents


(4 stars)


Download for Android

10,000,000 - 50,000,000 downloads

  • Good-looking layout
  • User-friendly interface
  • Lots of free publications
  • Google Trendings
  • RSS reader should be enhanced
  • Import/export RSS (by batches)
  • Social integration
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Expert's Review

"The digital magazine"

Reviewed by / Jan 23, 2013

Google Currents allows you to read digital subscriptions, RSS feeds, blogs and Google trending histories

Google Currents is a comprehensive reader app focused on digital magazines (both free and paid subscriptions). It offers a neat interface and a horizontal drag and flip experience that, despite isn't as stunning as Flipboard regarding effects, it's quite fast. It seems that Google Currents has been especially designed for publications such as: CNET, Forbes, Hufftington Post, The Root, the Guardian...

There are lots of subscriptions divided by categories. You can add as many as you want. Actually, and that's its strongest point, there's a platform provided by Google Currents that allows users to create their own current channel and get subscribers.

Users can also integrate their RSS feeds manually or add (one by one) them from Google Reader account. Although it can also work as a RSS reader, it's not as fast and comfortable as other specific apps. There's a lack of sorting, personalizing and tagging options in this regard.

Finally, you can check Google Trendings, which uses Google search technology to track the five most recent trending stories in different categories. Each story is presented in a fresh edition of articles, videos and pictures.

Google Currents is an expected publication reader provided by Google Inc. However, I personally think that it needs to improve in some regards: import/export RSS, social networks feeds integration and free of choice on sorting content.

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Developer's original description available here
*** Check out Google Play Newsstand, the new app where you can enjoy all your favorite news and blogs—including your Currents subscriptions! ***

Google Currents delivers beautiful magazine-like editions to your tablet and smartphone for high speed and offline reading. Features include:

* Publisher editions - Publishers such as Forbes, The Guardian, TechCrunch, PBS, Saveur, and more have produced hundreds of editions including full length, in-depth articles, videos, fine photography, and slideshows. Editions are free - covering news, business, lifestyle, fashion, sports, science, technology, design, food, entertainment and more.

* Fast scan - A new navigation mode lets you quickly swipe vertically to discover unread stories within an edition, swipe horizontally to move to the next edition within a category. Or, use the “sidebar” to jump ahead to a specific edition.

* Breaking stories - Google Currents uses Google search technology to deliver the hottest breaking stories in categories such as world, entertainment, sports, science, and more. As you travel to different countries, additional breaking stories are added to match your location.

* Saved stories - Run across an in-depth article that you want to read later, or a special recipe you want to keep? Star any story to be saved for later, in your personal Saved stories edition.

* Your favorite blogs and feeds - Instantly, turn your Google Reader subscriptions, or any of your favorite blogs/feeds into a beautiful edition with a magazine feel.

* Translate - Currents uses Google translate technology to translate editions into a preferred language of your choice. 44 languages are supported.

* Widget - Immediately see fresh news on your android home screen with the Google Currents widget.

Each edition is available for high speed offline reading, and provides quick-touch sharing. Google Currents self-adapts to differently sized phones and tablets, with subscriptions synchronized across devices. Google Currents - a reading experience not to be missed.

Named by New York Times, The Next Web, SlashGear and more as a top 10 Android app.

Recently changed in this version

* Bug fixes

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Comments and ratings for Google Currents
  • (66)

    by Azlan Hatari on 19/02/2014

    me no want new current!!!

  • (66)

    by Ronnie Morgan on 19/02/2014

    I liked this app better when it was Currents. It was much easier to use and looked much better. Newsstand is ugly looking and feels clunky and outdated. Currents was so much easier to navigate too. Want breaking news? Click on it. World news? There it is.

  • (66)

    by Michael Angern on 19/02/2014

    Just do... Period

  • (66)

    by Alexander Espinal on 19/02/2014


  • (66)

    by paul singleton on 19/02/2014

    Uninstall updates to get good old currents back 🙋

  • (66)

    by amitava ghosh on 19/02/2014

    thank Google for this update. Currents was the highest caching app !!!

  • (66)

    by Stacy Lindsey on 19/02/2014

    I'm very disappointed the latest update removed the widget and forces you to newsstand. It was much more useful than the version with newsstand so uninstalled both.