Google Currents was first released in December in the US, and has experienced a good uptake since then – the company states there are now almost 400 publisher editons and 14,000+ self-published editions on offer.
So if you enjoy “high speed offline reading”, you can download the Google Currents app to your Android or iOS device.
The way it works is it pulls content from various magazines and newspapers around the world, and you can then select the content you want. Publications include The Guardian, Metro, The Sun, and Independent.
You can also add your favourite blogs which are then “instantly converted into Currents editions”. And the new “dynamic sync feature” available in Google Currents 1.1 ensures fast download of content – the moment you open each edition, new content is delivered, “using a minimum of your phone or tablet’s battery, bandwidth and storage”.
Content that is trending can also be viewed, ensuring you never miss out on the most current story.
Google Translate is also integrated in the app so you can read in the language of your choosing. There are 38 supported languages, and to translate the edition you simply press on the globe icon within the app.
Product Manager Mussie Shore highlighted the offline appeal of this new Google app, writing on the company blog: “Those of you who travel on planes and trains can choose which editions you would like fully packaged for offline reading, including images.”
The Google Currents app is available to download from Google Play and Apple’s App Store now. Let us know what you think of the app and the content, once you’ve installed and explored it.