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Google Currents is dead, long live Google Play Newsstand

Not so current now
Thu Feb 20 2014, 13:25

INTERNET GIANT Google has closed the shutters on its news app Currents.

Users of the service have found that the app, which offered a quasi-curated mix of RSS feeds and magazine style content, has been replaced with a message asking them to open Google Play Newsstand instead.

Google introduced Newsstand last year to bring together content from Currents and RSS based Google Reader with paid magazine and newspaper subscriptions from the Google Play store. Although Google has been open about its intention to migrate users to Newsstand, the timing wasn't announced, so this change has come out of the blue.

The Currents app had a short lifespan, having arrived in 2011. It was designed to guide readers towards relevant content on particular subjects, building on the popularity of Google Reader, which was closed down in a howl of protest from loyal users last year.

Although Currents has gone, the change should be seamless, with all content migrated to the Newsstand app. This is fine if you are using Android, but for iOS users, for whom the new app has yet to arrive, there might be a big news shaped hole in their phones.

Levels of mourning for Currents will be muted, with many thinking that it wasn't a patch on Reader in the first place and that it relied too heavily on local data storage, bloating mobile device microSD cards.

Once you've clicked through to Google Newsstand for the first time, the Currents app mothballs itself, removing its icon from your app list and leaving you to pull the plug by uninstalling it. µ


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