Google Currents is a very fast and powerful newsreader application for the iOS and android based phones and tablets. It fetches free and attractive magazine-like news content on your phone for news reading. There are different categories of the magazine editions-
1) Publisher editions- These include some popular publishers namely 500px, Popular Science, Forbes etc which develop a number of articles and other form of content.
2) Google trending editions- Google Current uses the functionality of the Google search engine as well with the help of which it tracks the top five recent happenings from the world in categories such as science, sports, music, movies etc. These entire buzz stories are delivered in the form of articles, videos and images etc.
3) Blogs- You can also veer all your posts from your Google reader to it which will be delivered as a digital magazine on the app.
Where and how to get Google Currents
At present, the application is available on only the U.S. app store or the android stores. It is about 10 MB in size and is free of cost. However, it was announced by Google that the app will be soon available globally.
Interface and functionality
You can log into the application and use it by using your Google account. If you are not having one account already then you will have to make one first in order to avail its services.
The overall interface and the layout is simple making it easy to use, be it in the portrait mode or the landscape mode. When you have signed in, you will see a big image on the top under which there will a headline related to it. The headline will continue to change with regular intervals covering all the current affairs and latest news as a loop structure. Also, you are freely allowed to subscribe to any of the stories.
When you will click on any of the icons, the story will be presented on the screen in detail with a magazine-like layout. There will be text as well as images along with it just like you see in magazines. The newsfeed is divided into six categories to make it easier to catch the specific genre of news you want. However, later you can alter the sources of the news and content too.
Just after you have signed in, the app will automatically update itself and synchronise with the news. However, as good as it sounds, the entire process is in fact a bit slow. It is especially time consuming when it begins to downloading images. However, after the updates have been made, you are certain to enjoy the experience.
You can smoothly share any link from it on your Facebook wall, or tweet about it or can share it on your profiles on any other social networking websites, such Tumbler etc.
Simple and easy interface
Easy access to latest news and happenings
Easy login and synchronization with the help of Google account
Content update and synchronization is quite slow
When using the application in offline mode, sometimes the images are not available