Google Currents News App Review (iOS, Free)

  • Category: News
  • Publisher: Google, Inc.
  • Updated: Dec, 08 2011
  • Version: 2.1
  • Size: 4.35 MB

Languages: Afrikaans, Amharic, Byelorussian, NB, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, ID, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lettish, Lithuanian, Malay, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Zulu

Seller: Google, Inc.

• Audio Playlist support for editions.
• Vertical pagination for articles.
• Pinch-to-zoom on photos.
• Bug fixes and interface polish.

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
117 Ratings
All Versions:
2215 Ratings


Google Currents delivers beautiful magazine-like editions to your tablet and smartphone for high speed and offline reading. Features include:

• Publisher editions - Publishers such as Forbes, The Guardian, TechCrunch, PBS, Saveur, and more have produced hundreds of editions including full length, in-depth articles, videos, fine photography, and slideshows. Editions are free, - covering news, business, lifestyle, fashion, sports, science, technology, design, food, entertainment and more.

• Fast scan - A new navigation mode lets you quickly swipe vertically to discover unread stories within an edition, swipe horizontally to move to the next edition within a category. Or, use the sidebar to jump ahead to a specific edition.

• Breaking stories - Google Currents uses Google search technology to deliver the hottest breaking stories in categories such as world, entertainment, sports, science, and more. As you travel to different countries, additional breaking stories are added to match your location.

• Saved stories - Run across an in-depth article that you want to read later, or a special recipe you want to keep? Star any story to be saved for later, in your personal Saved stories edition.

• Your favorite blogs and feeds - Instantly, turn your Google Reader subscriptions, or any of your favorite blogs/feeds into a beautiful edition with a magazine feel.

• Translate - Currents uses Google translate technology to translate editions into a preferred language of your choice. 44 languages are supported.

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 subscriptions synchronized across devices. Google Currents - a reading experience not to be missed.

Customer Reviews

  • Crashes

    by Sac ca

    Great app. Especially when offline and no wifi. Enables you to read many mags and articles you select The app tends to crash frequently when updating and sometimes while reading.

  • Ok not great flipboard knockoff

    by Daniel123123

    Slow to use and sync. For some reason can share articles as messages?

  • Great for offline reading

    by Timstermman

    But I wish currents was more current.

  • Great could be better

    by Great works nice

    With the potential that google has, this app can be the best news app ever. They just gotta put some effort and redesign it!

  • Great app but..

    by Ankur2208

    Been using Zite for my news junkie fixes but then happened upon this little beauty. So far it's good but I can see some things that'll get on my nerves soon enough: 1. Gmail integration - come on, Google. This is a no brainer - email sharing should have Gmail app integration 2. Copy article URL - not sure if this is possible with how the content is delivered, but Zite can do it 3. iOS 7 update - I need my smooth scrolling and horizontal transitions. Enough of this binary swiping ;-) Other than that, loving it!

  • I like it

    by TomSkillman

    Best fast access to news app available.

  • Suggestions

    by aLdGr8t

    Great job! Needs to have a notification functionality.. cant miss breaking news!! Expanded descriptions for all subscriptions, just like apps in app store Other than that its what I've been looking for, one central place to know everything!

  • Great App, crashes

    by Rustyblaze

    I love this app almost more than flipboard, however it has been crashing frequently on iPad 4 running iOS 7, and on my galaxy note 8.0. Please fix so I can give it 5 stars!

  • As good as Flipboard

    by silversly51

    The design of this app is awesome!

  • Font size required

    by NonDimenticareMai

    Default font size it's too small, font size adjustment required, crashes very often, but content is good.

  • Navigation makes sense

    by crankerchick

    The navigation makes sense if you are the type to swipe through each article as if reading a magazine. I'm actually someone who picks and choose articles to read so I prefer if swiping back took me back to the main list. A "page flip" gesture to go through articles, while preserving the OS drag from the left to go back is more appropriate to me. I prefer this app for layout but flip board navigation works better for me. I find myself constantly trying to swipe back to the mail list and this doesn't work that way.

  • Update for iOS7

    by ProgrammersWeb

    Good app, but it lacks a more refined iOS 7 look. Please update...

  • A few downsides

    by Anita Syne

    I appreciate the content. I love the Huffington Post, but have noticed that when it says "photos included" in an article, there are none. Another instance I experienced, was with a statement that said "click the link below" and there was no link. I'm a fan of google but at this point, I'm preferring yahoo news, with the exception of Huffington post.

  • Great potential, marred by execution.

    by Qwerty27807

    The ease and immediacy of bring able to browse a collection of media is great, but glaring errors like "if your iPhone switches from portrait to landscape whole reading a multi-page article, you go back to the top" makes me wonder if the people making the app actually use it.

  • Great news app!

    by Ellen2424

    Found all my favorite sources! The newest update made lots of improvements.



    'Nuff said

  • Good App Just Needs Some Work

    by Dan.The.Man.zX

    I have problems refreshing pages and adding certain subscriptions.

  • Updates Make All the Difference

    by Buzz Segers

    I love this app after the recent updates. I rate the multiple navigation options and the ongoing addition of content providers as 5 stars. When I am in a hurry, the Breaking News feature is awesome! Give it try!

  • by Mac Muscle Nerd

    I like this app but 1 thing I don't is after you click on an article it disappears... Can't you just gray them out...

  • Clear cache!!

    by Indicoo

    Everything is good except the lack of clear cache function.

  • All google products get one star

    by kevinTheGrey

    All good products get a one star rating until google gets rid of google+

  • Too many crashes lately

    by Morcguy

    Repeated crashes get really old, fix please.

  • Looking rough

    by ramirezeric

    Outdated look. Yikes.

  • Great app but unstable

    by barbqdiguana

    I really like this app better than pulse but it keeps crashing on my iPad. It just crashed twice within 30 seconds. I've been eagerly awaiting an update for a couple months now that hasn't arrived. Come on google. Get hot! UPDATE. I'm tired of waiting. Uninstalling

  • Can't figure out how to scroll

    by DCNews

    Can't scroll down. Must be missing something. Used to love this app.

  • Could be great

    by jacklhasa

    This app has awesome potential, but it lives up to none of it. Pics don't load. The UI is utter chaos. If google spent 10 minutes on this, it'd be amazing.

  • Horrible update

    by Axelrod911

    Fix this pile of steaming CR4P! While browsing or reading, it shuts down after a couple minutes! Random crashing also... Please fix this app.

  • Hard to navigate

    by JaneLane1978

    Plus it's just messy.

  • Whats up

    by Zenthbr3w

    Why a 17 plus warning i don't get it

  • Very Bad!

    by Davids90s

    I love Google, although this app is subpar. SNews for Google News is faster and simpler to use.

  • Good idea, terrible execution

    by Eoin Brodie

    What a shame! Could be great but just does not work. Cannot scroll down or open news stories - deleted it after 5 minutes of trying - zero quality control or interest in fixing this it seems as these issues are not new. Come on google!

  • Crashing

    by DyslexicPBJ

    The app keeps crashing after a couple minutes of use on an iPad 2 with iOS 7.0.2.

  • Still not fixed?

    by Bigg Regg

    Its been several months since i used this app and i stopped using it because it wouldn't work. I just checked it again today after MONTHS and its still not working. Are you guys even trying to fix this?

  • Change back to continuous scrolling!

    by AnsonL

    Now scrolling goes from page to page and it is much more difficult to read articles. Please change it back to smooth continuous scrolling within articles!

  • That Bad

    by Hao86

    no update, hard to navigate, who cares about breaking news...

  • OS7 Crahing

    by MGY2008

    I love this app for it's many articles. However, now it crashes every time when synching all contents. Crashes when reading. This is after OS 7 upgrade. Please fix asap.

  • Scrolling and Crashing

    by Zerkry

    Major issues. Repeated crashing. Cannot use anymore. Feedly and Zite are more stable.

  • Terrible App

    by JaredBradley7

    I remember when I used the very first version of google currents. I had to borrow my friends iphone to test it out. It was pure magic. At the time I used feedly on my laptop a lot so I was accustomed to RSS feeds. I knew that Google was on to something to replace google reader. But this latest update is a terrible representation of the app's true potential. It takes forever to load, it won't play videos, and it crashes constantly.

  • This is great!

    by Sherap6

    You guys got only G+ for iPhone 5. No struggle for other apps.

  • Trash

    by Jpisel

    This app is garbage. Doesn't update half if my feeds even when I force the updates. Good job on the trash google. Deleted iPad and iphone

  • Good selection but crap app

    by Bonecrusher321

    Repeatedly crashing (sep27) and slow to load. Waste of time. Developers are not fixing it. Sent multiple crash reports

  • Worst app ever..!!

    by EX ET reader

    It is a really useless app. The app keeps crashing every 2 mins. Content loads very slowly. All other news aggregator apps I use work well. Currents has very good content sources but it useless if the app keeps crashing and if the app has to be restarted every 2 mins.

  • Crash


    App constantly crashes. Removing and reinstalling does not help as per standard third party app trouble shooting. Please fix.

  • Crash, Crash, Crash

    by Ishypop

    I used to love this app but I don't know what happened. Every time I'm reading an article it crashes multiple times. I once counted and it crashed 9 times while I was reading 1 article. I sent feedback to them and while typing, it crashed 3 more times. Fix this problem! I generally like the app. but with all of this crashing, I can't even functionally use it. I'm now searching for a replacement news app. :/

  • Turtle Crashing

    by Ankah

    Slow to load sections and articles, and rare to be able to scroll through a section without it NOT crashing to home screen. no apps in background, reloaded iOS, nothing done will stop the crashing at least once every 5 minutes. want to read an article, nope, reopen app, find again try second time.

  • Bogus

    by Bum_Rusher

    I used to really enjoy this app, but it's giving me fits at this point. The app constantly shuts down whilst I'm in the middle of reading. Super lame!

  • Music

    by grachan2

    Refresh doesn't work... I have to close the app and reopen it to get the new content!!

  • Constantly crashes after minimal use

    by Reviewer951

    Constantly crashes after minimal use

  • Un Googly

    by Nate dePutter

    I have to swipe my finger over like half the screen to exit a story, this is silly, it should be more like one inch. But the biggest problem? ALL My feeds quit updating. This makes the app pretty useless. I'm accustomed to google apps being good.

  • Often won't update...

    by Joe Bunda

    Using this a replacement for iGoogle. Generally I like it but often feeds arbitrarily refuse to update, sometimes for days on end. It is extremely frustrating to come to rely on an app and then just not have it work.

  • was very good, not so much now

    by mako28

    with the last update Currents took a sharp downturn in creating a nice user experience. The switch from horizontal nav is annoying but something I suppose I'll get over...where it lost me is the auto-hide menu gizmo. If you want to go back to the main menu you need to tap somewhere...this usually ends up opening an article you didn't want to read, but at least the nav button is there! You then need to double tap to get where you intended. Three actions to accomplish what was once done in one. I also seem to notice greater lag time...but this could just be because I am already annoyed at the whole app. Hopefully the next update will bring a fix

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