Google Currents, Google’s magazine-style reader for mobiles which was first launched in December, has now gone international. Up until now, Google Currents was available for US users only, and naturally included US-only content. This is no longer the case. Wherever apps are available on the App Store or on Google Play, users can now download the Google Currents app onto their phone or tablet.
Google Currents 1.1 also has much improved syncing capabilities. While the first version was notorious for its somewhat slow syncing, the new version syncs edition content wherever you are, and does so quickly and automatically. You can also choose to download full editions for offline reading.
As part of going global, publishers from all around the world can now use the Google Currents Producer to create their own local editions for local audiences and choose where these editions will be available. And it gets even better: Google Currents now offers automatic translations into 38 different languages, so you can read content in your preferred language.
According to Google, Google Currents includes nearly 400 publisher editions and over 14,000 self-produced edition from the US alone, and many non-US publications such as The Guardian in the UK, Financial Times Deutschland in Germany, ABC News in Australia and Hindustan Times in India have already started publishing editions with local content.
Have you had a chance to try Google Currents? What do you think of it?
Source: Google Mobile Blog