Google Currents App for Android V2 Adds Categories, Editions and Breaking News; iOS Update Coming!

Google Currents now make it even easier to scan through all favorite categories, specific editions, and breaking news with just the swipe of a finger.For those not aware, "Google Currents app allows users to discover, share and read favorite news outlets, blogs and online magazines (together refer to as "editions") on a smartphone or on […]

Google Currents now make it even easier to scan through all favorite categories, specific editions, and breaking news with just the swipe of a finger.

For those not aware, "Google Currents app allows users to discover, share and read favorite news outlets, blogs and online magazines (together refer to as "editions") on a smartphone or on a tablet--even when you're offline."

Google Currents app for Android: Scan through your favorite categories, editions and breaking news

Google notes that since Google Currents was launched internationally in April, it has been downloaded by millions around the world, reading over 700 publisher editions and tens of thousands of self-produced editions.

Currents app now optimizes editions to look great on whatever type of device you're using--"articles shine, with larger images and layouts that are intelligently optimized for your device, whether you're on a phone or a tablet," google wrote.

The new Current app is using some of the technology behind Search to bring the breaking stories on those celebrity scandals, that fiscal cliff negotiation or hottest holiday gift. Breaking stories are customized to your country and language.

Editions are now grouped into categories to help track existing subscriptions and discover new ones. "All of your content will be grouped in these categories, accessible from a sidebar. And you can organize your editions in each category with favorites on top," google writes.

And, by swiping horizontally, you can now quickly browse through top articles from all your favorite editions in a category. And, if you subscribe to more than a dozen News editions, you can also quickly swipe through the entire category and dive into editions with articles of interest.

"Swipe vertically," to scan headlines in a particular edition. "Just swipe through through the headlines. After you view a story we'll mark it as read, so it's easier to see new content each time you use Currents," google said.

List of features new in 2.0:

  • Edition sidebar - quickly access your editions within categories such as business, sports, etc.
  • Fast scan - Vertical swipe to scan an edition, horizontal swipe advances to next edition
  • Edition-section chooser - Choose "Customize" to filter out sections
  • Unread marks - Read stories are marked. (Setting to hide)
  • Breaking stories - ranked by Google News. Links to full length content.
  • Saved stories - star for future reference
  • New catalog design
  • Widget

Google says it will soon release the Current app for iOS devices.

For now, Android users can download the updated app on Google Play.