Google unveils instant must-have news aggregator in Currents | Android Apps

Google unveils instant must-have news aggregator in Currents

Dec 8, 2011

Not to be outdone by Android smartphones and tablets — I tested it on the Samsung Galaxy 7.0 Plus and Samsung Galaxy 10.1 — as well as universal for iOS devices, Google Currents combines the elegance of Flipboard with the speed and comprehensiveness of Google.

Mind you, if you are looking for social aggregation tools which display links from your Facebook friends, Twitter followers and LinkedIn contacts in magazine form, then Currents is not for you. Currently, users are only able to outwardly share links with their contacts. Not surprisingly, Google+ is the most easily available sharing option. For strong adherents to Google News, who, like me, would like a better mobile and browser-based way to read stories served, Google Currents offers a magazine-like format (or Flipboard format) that makes reading more aesthetically pleasing.

Upon opening the app, users are served default titles including Forbes, Fast Company and The Daily Beast. Adding new publications to the library is done through the “Add More” icon, which offers a comprehensive menu of news, business, sports and other genres. The small-to-start curators section serves up Google+ profiles of Robert Scoble, Guy Kawasaki and other thought leaders.

Users can also tap into trending stories for world, business, entertainment, sports, health, technology and science news that virtually mirror what is found at Google News.

Most impressively with Google Currents is the speed in which it uploads to the library and trending sections, and allows users to whiz through stories (particularly in landscape mode). While I look forward to future updates and iterations and seeing this app evolve, Google Currents is a great addition to an Android ecosystem that is still deprived from having Flipboard which remains in a league of its own. It’s a great complement to Flipboard on the iPhone and iPad.

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Brad Spirrison

Brad Spirrison is the managing editor of appoLearning and Appolicious Inc. In this capacity, he has sampled and evaluated thousands of iOS and Android applications. He also holds an M.A. in Education and Media Ecology from New York University.

Spirrison worked in concert with appoLearning Expert and Instructional Technology Specialist Leslie Morris while curating and evaluating educational applications.

A longtime media and technology commentator and executive, Spirrison is also a regular contributor to ABC News, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Bloomberg West and The Christopher Gabriel Program.

Spirrison is married and lives with his wife and young son in Chicago. As his son was born just weeks before the debut of the iPad, Spirrison takes his work home with him and regularly samples and enjoys a variety of educational applications for young children.

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