Google Currents 1.1 brings international support, improved user interface

Daniel Bader

April 11, 2012 2:04pm

Google Currents represented the company’s entry into social magazine apps, the beautified and oft-misunderstood consolidator of RSS data into a premium reading experience. Unlike its competitors Flipboard, Zite and Pulse, Currents was not open to international users.

Though it debuted for iOS and Android, its true lineage was on Android, being one of the first truly gorgeous tablet apps for Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s a truly curated experience, too, with publishers such as The Guardian and 500px, which brings it more along the lines of Flipboard’s Cover Stories than a standard RSS reader.

Version 1.1 provides local content, too, and publisher-controlled translation provided by Google Translate. This way you can read Switzerland’s Neue Zürcher Zeitung without leaving the app. The service syncronizes across Google accounts so what you’re reading on your Android phone is made immediately available on the iPad and vice versa. Since Pulse added this feature in a recent update it has become one of my most appreciated additions, as sync helps you avoid redundancy and bloat.

One of my favourite additions to Currents is the 500px library, displaying gorgeous images from across the varied community. The app is easily one of Android’s most beautiful, and is right at home on Ice Cream Sandwich. If you have been looking for a good Flipboard alternative on Android, or are just looking for something new on iOS, I’d encourage you to try Currents.

Learn more about Google Currents, and download Android or iOS version.

Source: Google

  • Tempest


    Will this be available for Blackberry? I would like to use this on my Pearl 8220.

    Thanks for your help!

  • doit

    No RAZR or NC CM7 compatibility?

  • Catty

    Will MobileSyrup make their own Current version?

  • Emperuman V

    Finally, we get some Canadian love.

  • Alexander the Great Perrier

    Daniel, your fanboyism is showing. How about being less biased? -Alexander the Great Perrier

  • Dalex

    Tried it earlier, it’s not too bad, its very pretty, but takes some getting used to.

    I still haven’t yet found anything that could replace Pulse for me yet. I’ve tried all of them and the closest one to Pulse was Taptu.

  • Mikey

    Love currents .. looks amazing but slow. This update fixes that. I’m happy 🙂

  • Richards

    I like the idea of currents but my major problem was that I could not load videos in it (eg. deadspin youtube links etc) and therefore had to result to normal browser or rss reader.

  • Stefan Rees

    220dpi, nice.

  • Getulio

    With mobile web usage on the rise, it has bcomee even more important for web masters to get their sites optimized for mobile. Kudos to Google for providing this much-needed feature!- Ernest Ramos