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Google Introduces Currents to Android and iOS, A Beautiful Way to View Your Favorite Websites Including Droid Life

 

The Google team popped out their latest product today called Currents and asked us to join in on the launch party. Currents is an application that runs on both Android and iOS phones and tablets, giving you a beautiful view of your favorite websites in an almost magazine-esque format. As a part of the original group of sites to be featured, once you load it up, you can find the Droid Life edition already available under “Science and Tech.”  

How does Currents work? It functions almost like a feed reader app, except that it allows for publication owners to create their own editions with special features, custom layouts, and pull content from a variety of sources. As you will see in the DL edition, we have both DL and Android Life feeds, our Youtube channel and even our Google+ feed (which we promise we will start using more). And if you are unable to find a specially made release from some of your other most-visited sites, you can go ahead and pull in their feed from your Google Reader list.

  

Swiping. Currents employees the swiping techniques that most of Google’s current crop of apps continues to use. You can swipe from home page to section, section to individual story, and then in between pages within a story. You almost never need to touch a button while using this app thanks to the fluidity of the interface.

Why should you use it? Like I said previously, it can easily replace your drab feed reader application, but most importantly, it allows you to access all of a web publication’s info from one spot. If you needed your entire Android fix all in one place, you can get that using Currents and subscribing to the DL edition.

Phones and Tablets. The Google team has done an amazing job at making this compatible with big and small screens. You get a completely different layout with more content on a tablet, yet the much more condensed visual version on phones works just as well.

Other bits. If having custom magazine style feeds from your websites wasn’t enough, you can also pull in trending topics on your favorite subjects from the main screen, share content quickly with your favorite apps, and view pictures in a snazzy looking gallery.

Here are some additional screenshots:

And a video overview:

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  • Anonymous

    pretty sick app. thanks for the heads up!! always love seeing up and coming apps on this site. have used alot of refferals and you have never steered me wrong. keep it coming!

  • Anonymous

    phlpn.es/829r8s

  • Anonymous

    phlpn.es/829r8s

  • Rileylassne

    *employs

  • TheRobotCow

    Did anyone notice that Droid-Life in above cnet, tmz, Abc News, and other major news sites?
    I think that’s awesome

  • Anonymous

    Kellex so with this n pulse I won’t need the DL app lol. PLEASE IMPROVE THE DL APP. It kinda sucks and it looks terrible on HC.

  • babadush

    I love currents except for one thing. Unless I’m missing something, I could click the title to go to the webpage on reader. Doesn’t appear to work on this.

  • http://profiles.google.com/bobby.abe Robert Abe

    LOVE this app….very well done. Let’s me do away with Google Reader and other RSS apps.

    Reminds me big time of how the Google TV interface works. Minimal work to get to the content with simple controls. 

    Big picture…Google Current app on Google TV is a killer combo. :)

  • Finger

    Seriously, you couldn’t have taken those screenshots on some other phone? You have to keep rubbing our lack of Galaxy Nexus in our faces?

  • http://twitter.com/ChrisCorp ChristopherCorpening

    This actually looks really awesome. I don’t have any app that I can use just to get news, and this might take that spot. Thanks Kellex for pointing this out! 

  • Anonymous

    Reminds me of pulse

  • Brian

    anyone else not seeing the option to pull in the feeds I have from GReader?  can’t seem to pull em in

    • Anonymous

      click on the “add more” button – scroll down to google reader…whater you have on your reader account should show up

  • Anonymous

    Flipbook G-style. …and we’re installing….and we’re updating. 

  • Anonymous

    Mine just stays at the loading screen.

    And if the screen times out, the program quits…

  • http://profiles.google.com/danstheman600 Daniel Sasson

    this or pulse

  • Anonymous

    Feeddler RSS for iOS is awesome but I’ll give this a try :P

  • gregwilliams

    oh now that’s some sexy ish!

  • Urugami

    That’s sweet!  But I can’t figure out how to read/leave comments.

  • Anonymous

    Very laggy on my DX2.  That’s after the content has been downloaded and the menus themselves.

  • Anonymous

    Hey, what’s that cell phone they’re using it on in the video? It looks pretty good and I’ve never seen it before. Anyone? Bueller?

    • Granted

      I heard from my friend’s, uncle’s, roommate’s, dead husband that he has hepatitis C and killed three hookers while doing blow in a paddleboat.

  • Anonymous

    Seems to essentially be a Google version of Pulse. It’s nice, and options are always a good thing, but my personal preference is to keep using Pulse (I’m a creature of habit).

    On a different note, I stopped into a Verizon store earlier today and the sales guy (who is as much of an Android junky as we are) let me play around with their working Galaxy Nexus model. It was love at first sight. I know there’s been a lot of hype surrounding this phone, but believe me when I say this: it is all worth it. Seriously. The phone is amazing.

    • Anonymous

      Did the sales guy say anything about a release date?

      • Anonymous

        Probably sometime before 2036.

  • http://jt-04.myopenid.com/ jt_04

    how is this better than Google Reader? Why should I transfer all my feeds over to it when it might be dead in a year (like Google Video, Wave, Notebook, etc etc)

  • http://www.facebook.com/TJHRULZ tjhrulz

    Is Google Currents related to Google Waves?

  • http://syntakk.blogspot.com syntakk

    Awesome, glad to see DL already on the list with all of your different sites. 

  • Anonymous

    Made my DX2 slow as hell while it was synching my sources.

    Seems like its just Google’s version of Pulse.

    • R. Wayne Craft

      mine is extremely slow as well. DX original.

  • http://www.facebook.com/otto.dieffenbach Otto Dieffenbach

    so i am the 12th subscriber well so says my currents :P 

  • http://www.tedpavlic.com/ Ted Pavlic

    This reminds me of Google Fast Flip (which was a superior mobile web app that was discontinued in September of 2011).

  • Anonymous

    Now I got it… “Google Currents”! Checking it oot!

  • Anonymous

    I’m confused (SURPRISE!)… Market on my RAZR shows “Currents” as an app that tracks tides.

    • Anonymous

      LOL I just downloaded that app earlier today – on purpose though.  Its handy for sailors.

    • HuskerHog

      I had to get it from the website.  It didn’t show up on my Market App.

  • T Hall

    This is awesome.  Very polished and clean.

  • Anonymous

    Any way to import feeds from Google Reader?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donnie-Mcbride/507316559 Donnie Mcbride

      yes just click library and then scroll down to where it says Google Reader

      • Urugami

        gotta click “Add New” between clicking library and scrolling….

  • http://profiles.google.com/mediogringo Dan Carter

    I really dislike this app. Insanely laggy on my Evo 3d and it’s not displaying the latest Droid Life posts, like most RSS readers (Pulse). I’ll stick to the browser.

    • Anonymous

      I dread seeing posts saying such things about apps I’d like to try. Usually means my OG has no chance at running it properly. *le sigh*

      • HuskerHog

        It looks good so far on my OG Droid.

        • Anonymous

          Does yours lag at all? I’m running CM7 so I’m not sure if it’s the ROM or just the old hardware.

          • Urugami

            Running Bugless Beast Froyo, and Currents is nice and smooth on my OG.

          • Anonymous

            Not sure why but it’s working perfectly now. I think maybe the syncing was taking a sh*t on my RAM.

          • http://profiles.google.com/mediogringo Dan Carter

            I’ll give it another shot. I do want to like it. 

  • DroidzFX

    The app is pretty slick. Wont say its necessarily original but they did improve on ideas that were already out there.

  • RaptorOO7

    Wait, I didn’t see any updates re: the Verizon G-Nex launch in this article.

  • Lmrojas

    Kellen reads Hufpo? You dam liberal! Lol

  • http://twitter.com/wonderyak wonderyak

    Congrats Kellex!

  • Sebastian Encina

    I’ll add this to my new Galaxy Nexus right now!

  • Anonymous

    So any reviews thoughts from my fellow readers.  So just how Current is Current? Some day I will have a Galaxy Nexus…

  • Mctypethings_Gay_lover

    Pulse is better.

  • Booboolala2000

    Great News. Gonna Download now. Been using Pulse, which I love so will see how this works. Pulse can be a bit choppy.

  • Anonymous

    Is this anything like flipboard?

  • http://twitter.com/nguyende De Nguyen

    It’s ironic that they (Moto) promote Pulse on their Razr commercial and now it’s their direct competitor.  

  • ToiletSniffer

    Kellex does love giving us screen shots of his GSM Nexus….Damn You!

    • http://twitter.com/GutterIsATool Chilli

      I had the same thought.

    • Christopher Riner

      I know but think about it, what easier way to put posts up for us on the fly.  And whatever he’s showing us, you know exactly what its going to look like.  Those screen shots from unlocking the boot loader and rooting are going to come in handy.

    • Anonymous

      I know he’s all Kool and the gang in stuff, but my first thought was “blah blah blah, Nexus Galaxy having ass bastard” :-) but anyway, I loves feedly, but lately its been getting on my nerve about logging in Thi Currents will be taking it’s place, great app so far.

  • Anthony Vella

    So basically they stole the idea from Dolphin Browsers Webzine and said they created it. I love Google but that’s very sad, all in all, Google should give credit to Dolphin Browser for inspiring them to create this such app.

    • Release

      Actually they stole the idea from Flipboard

      • Ry D

        There are a tonne of apps doing that, Flipboard being the most predominant.

    • Josh Nichols

      Where does it say they came up with the idea ?

  • bigrob60

    Thanks for rubbing it in you have the Nexus w/ those first screen shots. That was just plain wrong.

    • Anonymous

      +1

      • palomosan

        I know, everything He does is with the G-Nex, don’t blame him though, I’ve be doing the same.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6WMN7SNGCCAKYWDLF4MCWDM6SM Alex

    Just seems redundant to Google Reader to me.

    • http://twitter.com/anhstein Anhstein

      This seems more powerful than Google Reader actually. Are they gonna abandon Google Reader? It already took a big hit when the whole sharing thing went out the window…

      • Anonymous

        You have now been promoted to Maj. Obvious :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/TJHRULZ tjhrulz

      Big thing to point out this does not show which you have read yet. I think it is intended for more of a read websites your like, not read what you have not read.

  • Anonymous

    The app icon is very similar to the AirSync icon.  Good thing they’re a few rows apart on my phone.

  • Anonymous

    BTW, Kellex, are you trying to eliminate the need for the DL app?

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Stay tuned on that front. :)

      • Christopher Riner

        ooooo nice. 

  • NEXUS

    Using the good ol’ Galaxy Nexus I see? Can’t wait to find a suitable replacement for it. It’s been trhough alot.

  • Anonymous

    Yep, getting this app.