Google recently made an update to Google Currents, its news reading app for mobile devices. The web search giant first launched this app as a competitor for the popular world and social news app, Flipboard. Google Currents promises to deliver a faster reading experience for both online and offline viewing. Google has made certain important upgrades to the app that make for a greatly improved and aesthetically pleasing user experience on Android smartphones and tablets.
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The most obviously visible update is a significant revamp of the app’s user interface. This allows for a much swifter scanning through the content. A list of the content categories can be brought into view by swiping from the far left to the right side to reveal a hidden tray. This sidebar lists the categories of all the content available on the app like sports, entertainment, business, lifestyle, food, design, fashion and more.
Within individual categories are housed various publications by default such as Huffington Post, Forbes, Fast Company, Popular Science and more. It is very simple and effortless to add new publications to the existing list. The sidebar on the left hand side contains a plus sign at the top. Tapping this sign opens a window full of recommendations for other publications. Alternatively, you can even search for your favorite publications. If you’d like to add RSS feeds or your favorite blogs to Google Currents you can do so by typing in the URL in the search field.
By swiping horizontally, Android users can easily go through the top few articles in each category. At the end of each category overview is a “breaking news” segment sourced from Google News. This provides users with the hottest news that’s specific to their language or country. Those who travel to other countries will find that the latest news automatically covers their new location.
Whether it is one of the free publications available through the app or any of the blogs that you regularly follow, Google Currents presents all content in a beautiful way. Users can easily browse through the different headlines within each publication by swiping vertically. While this combination of horizontal and vertical swipes can seem a bit confusing at first, once you get the hang of it your reading experience becomes much quicker.
Google Currents does a great job of making the various stories look visually attractive with every story carrying an image at the top. While swiping horizontally, you know when you’ve reached a new category thanks to the large pictures interspersed between different categories. The app has also introduced many new features for added convenience. Users can arrange their choice editions within each category such that the favorites feature at the top. It is also possible to save stories to view them later.
With this update, Google Currents has come pretty close to the more popular news app Flipboard, although it still lacks complete incorporation of social media like Facebook and Twitter. Google Currents for Android is available for free download from the Google Play Store.
Author Bio: Andrea Walters, a freelance writer for www.globalx.net – The Nation’s Lowest All-Digital Price Provider. dish tv packages