Google Currents Gets Complete Redesign, Adds Edition Sidebar

Google CurrentsGoogle Currents recently turned one year old. Now that the news aggregate app is older, it is time to get a makeover. To celebrate year two, Google has recently launched Google Currents 2.0.

The update includes a complete redesign of the look, plus vertical and horizontal swipe capabilities, a Breaking News section, the ability to save articles as favorites, and a new sidebar that lets you quickly access your selected websites within categories.

The sidebar includes such categories as Lifestyles, Business, Sports, etc. Under each category, your “editions,” your selected websites, are listed so that you can have quick access to them without having to scroll through the aggregate.

The new Fast Scan feature allows users to swipe vertically to discover unread stories in an edition or swipe horizontally to read new editions within a category.

Google Currents now offers breaking news stories from world, entertainment, sports, science and more. It is geo-located so whenever you visit a different country, the news stories change based on your current location.

You can also save your stories for offline reading by simply tapping the star next to the article. You can then access your entire saved articles section for later reading.

If you don’t already use Google Currents, it is a magazine-like website aggregate that features such websites as Forbes, The Guardian, TechCrunch, CultofMac, and more. You can prepare articles for offline reading and share new information with friends and family with “quick-touch sharing.”

You can download Google Currents for free from the App Store today. If you already have the app on your iPad, just download the update by visiting your App Store app’s “Updates” section.

About Lory: Writer of all things app related, traveler of the space-time continuum, baker of really great cookies. Follow me @appaholik