Google recently updated its Currents app for Android to version 2.0. This update features a wide variety of improvements with the highlighted feature being the addition of an Edition sidebar, which can enable a user to browse feeds based on genres.

The Currents app is compatible with Android 2.2 Froyo or later.  To download Google Currents for your Android smartphone or tablet running Android 2.2 or higher, click here.

Currents now with Editions for quick browsing

Currents now with Editions for quick browsing

There is also a new 'Fast scan' feature, which allows a user to swipe vertically to scan an edition and swipe horizontally to advance to the next edition. The app update also features an Edition-section chooser where a user can choose to filter out sections.

There is also the 'Unread Marks' feature, where stories that are read are marked as such. An interesting and useful addition is 'Breaking Stories', where stories are ranked by Google News and there are links to full length content. You also have the option to save stories for future reference. The update also brings a new catalogue design and a new widget.

Here are some of the features that are present in Currents.

  • Publisher editions – Publishers such as Forbes, The Guardian, TechCrunch, PBS, Saveur, and more have produced hundreds of editions including in-depth articles, videos, fine photography, slideshows, live-maps and social streams.
  • Google trending editions – Google Currents uses Google search to hourly build a set of editions tracking the five most recent trending stories in categories such as world, entertainment, sports, science, and more. Each story is presented through a fresh edition of articles, videos, and pictures,
  • Your favorite blogs and feeds – Instantly turn your Google Reader subscriptions or any of your favorite blogs/feeds into an edition with a magazine feel.
  • 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 your subscriptions synchronised across devices.

When Currents first launched, Google’s Mussie Shore said, “With this update, we’ve made Google Currents available globally, wherever apps are available on Google Play and the Apple App Store. International publishers, using Google Currents Producer, can now begin adding local content for an international audience, choosing where to make it available globally and whether to enable auto-translation.”
Currents is Google’s answer to Flipboard, which gives you magazine-like formatting for websites and content.

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