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Google Currents gets updated, slicker and more beautiful than ever

June 29, 2012

It’s no coincidence that many Google apps have been updated in the last few days. Google wants to make sure that their native apps really shine on the brand new Nexus 7 tablet. The latest to receive a makeover is the news reader app Google Currents.

Merely reading the change log that Google has posted won’t do the improvement any justice, as you need to see it for yourself. But here it is anyway:

  • User interface – updated to Android standards
  • Top navigation bar – auto hide, touch to show
  • Library/trending toggle – moved to navigation bar
  • Performance enhancements
  • Bug fixes

There’s no question that Google Currents has undergone some serious transformation from the first version.  The revamped UI adds to a better reading experience. Aside from the obvious logo change and bigger icons on the starting page, there’s now a fast-forward button in articles, which allows you to go directly to the end of article. The home button that lets you go back to the front cover seems to be missing, but you can just use the Android back button.

And we’ve always been a fan of the Tablet of Contents feature, as it saves us from swiping endlessly to get to the article you actually want to read, as one usually has to go through on Flipboard. Then again, Flipboard does have its strong points as well.

All told, we dig the updated Google Currents. It’s currently – pun intended – our favorite way to read news, blogs, feeds and more in style. Of course, it does more than that. Google Currents is something that you wouldn’t mind showing off to your non-Android friends. As a tip, you may want to choose the smallest font setting for that magazine-like reading experience.

Get the latest Google Currents now on Google Play Store if you haven’t already done so.