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MacRumors
Jan 25, 2013, 09:49 AM
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Google yesterday overhauled its news aggregation app Currents for iOS, revamping the design and adding features to make navigation more sleek and simple.

http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/01/google_currents_2_0.jpgWhat's New in Version 2.0
- Edition sidebar - quickly access your editions within categories such as business, sports, etc.
- Fast scan - Vertical swipe to scan an edition, horizontal swipe advances to next edition
- Breaking stories - ranked by Google News. Links to full length content.
- Saved stories - star for future reference
- New catalog designThe new design for the Flipboard-like app is just one of many redesigns that Google has done with its iOS apps, including Google Maps, Gmail 2.0 and YouTube. The update and app are free and available on the App Store (http://appshopper.com/news/google-currents). [Direct Link (https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/google-currents/id459182288?mt=8#)]

Article Link: Google Overhauls 'Currents' for iOS (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/01/25/google-overhauls-currents-for-ios/)



Tankmaze
Jan 25, 2013, 09:54 AM
probably the only app from google that I dont use.
what are the chances google would bring google now to ios ?

bushido
Jan 25, 2013, 09:56 AM
the awkward moment when all the google apps look better than the native iOS apps ^^

kenypowa
Jan 25, 2013, 09:59 AM
the awkward moment when all the google apps look better than the native iOS apps ^^

Google is way faster at improving its designs than Apple at its web services.

Razeus
Jan 25, 2013, 10:00 AM
the awkward moment when all the google apps look better than the native iOS apps ^^

That awkward moment when the top first page apps are mostly google apps...

Why switch to Android when Google looks great and performs great on iOS?

SandboxGeneral
Jan 25, 2013, 10:01 AM
I used to use Currents a while ago then it just dropped off. Perhaps I'll give it another look and see how it goes.

kjs862
Jan 25, 2013, 10:01 AM
That awkward moment when the top first page apps are mostly google apps...

Why switch to Android when Google looks great and performs great on iOS?

Cause google's founders are young and energetic?

Razeus
Jan 25, 2013, 10:02 AM
I used to use Currents a while ago then it just dropped off. Perhaps I'll give it another look and see how it goes.

I prefer Zite.

Rodimus Prime
Jan 25, 2013, 10:08 AM
probably the only app from google that I dont use.
what are the chances google would bring google now to ios ?

I believe they did or at least part of it. A good part of Google Now requires access to things Apple locks everyone out of.

GIZBUG
Jan 25, 2013, 10:09 AM
the awkward moment when all the google apps look better than the native iOS apps ^^

Didn't know people used this app.

1080p
Jan 25, 2013, 10:10 AM
How about we update Google Voice to look this good... oh and let's finally get some support for MMS sent to Google Voice numbers.

bushido
Jan 25, 2013, 10:17 AM
Didn't know people used this app.

me neither, just sayin. gmail app, maps and gvoice all look fresher imo

Masterkona
Jan 25, 2013, 10:21 AM
can't speak for anyone else, but I'm boycotting google. I'll Duckduckgo from now on.

After this horrendous excuse for a company ( the worlds largest data mine) caused Apples stock to drop, I will no longer use anything Google. Likewise I will never buy anything made by Samsung again. Remember, when you use google services you are the product. Boycott Monopolies, Say no to Google.

SaulOfTheJungle
Jan 25, 2013, 10:28 AM
Google yesterday overhauled its news aggregation app Currents for iOS

I've been using Google Reader as a news aggregator for a while. First time I hear about Currents. Hows does it compare?

GIZBUG
Jan 25, 2013, 10:49 AM
I've been using Google Reader as a news aggregator for a while. First time I hear about Currents. Hows does it compare?

I use an app called REEDER that gets my RSS feeds. Really don't see a benefit using currents.

rmwebs
Jan 25, 2013, 11:18 AM
Didn't know people used this app.

and whats that got to do with the design? :confused:

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can't speak for anyone else, but I'm boycotting google. I'll Duckduckgo from now on.

After this horrendous excuse for a company ( the worlds largest data mine) caused Apples stock to drop, I will no longer use anything Google. Likewise I will never buy anything made by Samsung again. Remember, when you use google services you are the product. Boycott Monopolies, Say no to Google.

So your reasoning is Boycot Monopolies.

This has to be sarcastic surely? You seriously dont think Apple hold a monopoly on anything?

Also you do realise that once you opt out of ads (no idea why you would bother tho) Google doesnt track anything (again thats not really an issue unless you like wearing a tin foil hat).

flux73
Jan 25, 2013, 11:58 AM
the awkward moment when all the google apps look better than the native iOS apps ^^
I'm not sure that Apple has incentive to build better apps. They don't make money off of the native apps. But if they build mediocre apps, developers will come in and build better ones, sell them, and then they get to collect 30%. If your native apps are awesome, you discourage app developers from entering your ecosystem.

Example: Apple's Podcasts is very mediocre. Downcast is FAR superior and costs $1.99. I happily paid it. And when I recommended it to my friends, 5 others bought it too. And just like that, Apple made $1.84. The exceptions would be apps that steered business towards Apple or collects data that Apple could use to its advantage.

Masterkona
Jan 25, 2013, 12:05 PM
Apple doesn't have a monopoly on squat. Samsung is a POS Chaebol and doesn't invent anything. They get crap tons of money from Korea to build LCDs and to manufacture semi conductors. They took advantage of Apples success to copy it and to abuse existing patent law. Apple only lost in the Korean court due to corruption. The president of Samsung is a jerk that was found guilty of fraud and embezzlement , but was pardoned because he's the head of a Chaebol and is friends with the Korean leaders. This same court found in favor of Samsung, and has tried to ban subsidies for the iPhone. No surprise there. Anyone that buys anything made by Samsung is a Terrible human being.

Google is a disgraceful company that is destroying America. By flooding the market with cheap electronics they make if impossible for anyone but Apple to make money. All competition besides Apple and Rimm will die because they cant compete with free. Apple offerw a better and safer os/ user edperience and therefore people will continue to pay for it.

If Apple fails America and the world is doomed, since only Apple is making money that can be used to create jobs. Google pours its money into pathetic acquisitions and in trying to solidify its monopoly. Google is an evil company. Their purpose is to destroy America and to act as agents for the CIA in collecting your personal data. I'd rather pay good money for a quality product then have it so its impossible for anyone but google to make money. Apple does nothing to force people into buying their phones. They are more expensive and offer no price competition. People chose to buy Apple. They are forced to use Google/ Android if they can't afford Apple.

Google owns Android. Google has a monopoly on search and web video streaming/ advertising. They use their monopoly to aggressively push Android Phones (Galaxy S/ Nexus 4). Galaxy S3 is the only android phone making money becaause it's what google is pushing and because it is backed by Chaebol.

Renzatic
Jan 25, 2013, 12:05 PM
Remember, when you use google services you are the product.

One day soon, I'm gonna invent a time machine. When that day comes, the first thing I'll do is head back in time, find the guy who first coined "...you are the product", and smack him upside the head as hard as I can.

Maybe it'll shame him enough so he'll never say it. Then, when I come back to the present, I'll never have to hear anyone ever say it again. It is the STUPIDEST damn thing people on Apple boards say.

I mean hell. You've always "been the product" for Google. No one had a problem with this until they released Android. Now apparently it's this horrible thing, being able to use a product for free in exchange for demographic data.

God, I tell ya. I wish some people would think about the things they say rather than hop onto the latest catchphrase bandwagon.

samcraig
Jan 25, 2013, 12:19 PM
There is so much wrong in what you have written in this thread I wouldn't know where to begin.

But let's play for a second. You hate Google and Samsung, right? Ok - so are you boycotting Apple for using Samsung parts in your iDevice? Are you using Search on your iPhone - what search engine is that set to?

P.S. - Google hasn't flooded the market with devices (yet). They haven't manufactured any phones (yet).

P.P.S. Apple, Google, Samsung, and every company only cares about you in relation to how much money you're going to help them make.

Apple doesn't have a monopoly on squat. Samsung is a POS Chaebol and doesn't invent anything. They get crap tons of money from Korea to build LCDs and to manufacture semi conductors. They took advantage of Apples success to copy it and to abuse existing patent law. Apple only lost in the Korean court due to corruption. The president of Samsung is a jerk that was found guilty of fraud and embezzlement , but was pardoned because he's the head of a Chaebol and is friends with the Korean leaders. This same court found in favor of Samsung, and has tried to ban subsidies for the iPhone. No surprise there. Anyone that buys anything made by Samsung is a Terrible human being.

Google is a disgraceful company that is destroying America. By flooding the market with cheap electronics they make if impossible for anyone but Apple to make money. All competition besides Apple and Rimm will die because they cant compete with free. Apple offerw a better and safer os/ user edperience and therefore people will continue to pay for it.

If Apple fails America and the world is doomed, since only Apple is making money that can be used to create jobs. Google pours its money into pathetic acquisitions and in trying to solidify its monopoly. Google is an evil company. Their purpose is to destroy America and to act as agents for the CIA in collecting your personal data. I'd rather pay good money for a quality product then have it so its impossible for anyone but google to make money. Apple does nothing to force people into buying their phones. They are more expensive and offer no price competition. People chose to buy Apple. They are forced to use Google/ Android if they can't afford Apple.

Masterkona
Jan 25, 2013, 12:22 PM
I use duckduckgo. I occasionally bing it. I for one don't like to get Scroogled :)

Very soon there will be 0 Samsung parts in the Iphone.

Android has made all carriers dependent on Google yet none of them are making money. Android is a ticking time bomb that will destroy America if it succeeds. Google = Evil.

ChazUK
Jan 25, 2013, 12:30 PM
Really loving the more unified design of Google's applications over iOS now.

What I'd like to see next is an official Google Music client to use with my iPhone and I think I'd be pretty much set.

r2shyyou
Jan 25, 2013, 12:58 PM
can't speak for anyone else, but I'm boycotting google. I'll Duckduckgo from now on.

After this horrendous excuse for a company ( the worlds largest data mine) caused Apples stock to drop, I will no longer use anything Google. Likewise I will never buy anything made by Samsung again. Remember, when you use google services you are the product. Boycott Monopolies, Say no to Google.

It's really cool that this forum has people so "in the know" on what's going on in the tech sphere. It makes me feel more important.

One day soon, I'm gonna invent a time machine. When that day comes, the first thing I'll do is head back in time, find the guy who first coined "...you are the product", and smack him upside the head as hard as I can.

Maybe it'll shame him enough so he'll never say it. Then, when I come back to the present, I'll never have to hear anyone ever say it again. It is the STUPIDEST damn thing people on Apple boards say.

I mean hell. You've always "been the product" for Google. No one had a problem with this until they released Android. Now apparently it's this horrible thing, being able to use a product for free in exchange for demographic data.

God, I tell ya. I wish some people would think about the things they say rather than hop onto the latest catchphrase bandwagon.

***NOTE TO ADMINS***

Can you please update the functionality of the voting buttons such that I can vote on certain posts an infinite number of times? kthxbai

Rodimus Prime
Jan 25, 2013, 01:05 PM
There is so much wrong in what you have written in this thread I wouldn't know where to begin.

But let's play for a second. You hate Google and Samsung, right? Ok - so are you boycotting Apple for using Samsung parts in your iDevice? Are you using Search on your iPhone - what search engine is that set to?

P.S. - Google hasn't flooded the market with devices (yet). They haven't manufactured any phones (yet).

P.P.S. Apple, Google, Samsung, and every company only cares about you in relation to how much money you're going to help them make.

I just tossed him on my ignore list. There is no debating with people who are so closed minded and just plan wrong on so many levels.

jonnyb
Jan 25, 2013, 01:56 PM
If I have music playing and I launch the new updated Currents, my music fades out. It's like the backgrounded music API is commandeered by the Currents app immediately.

Is anyone else getting this?

Apple Key
Jan 25, 2013, 02:04 PM
Eh, it looks very much like the Windows 8 UI.



(and Fast Company's logo is so ugly)

FightTheFuture
Jan 25, 2013, 02:10 PM
the awkward moment when all the google apps look better than the native iOS apps ^^that's weird - it took me almost 15 minutes to figure out how to go into "driving mode" in Google Maps. but at least it looks pretty so it must be better.

bushido
Jan 25, 2013, 02:13 PM
that's weird - it took me almost 15 minutes to figure out how to go into "driving mode" in Google Maps. but at least it looks pretty so it must be better.

huh? its the most obvious button on the top, just like on apple maps

mrsir2009
Jan 25, 2013, 02:26 PM
the awkward moment when all the google apps look better than the native iOS apps ^^

Yeah - Where's the Android update :mad:

FightTheFuture
Jan 25, 2013, 02:35 PM
huh? its the most obvious button on the top, just like on apple mapswell first you have to search or enter the destination, select the car on the bottom, select the car on the top, then select the route. And it doesn't show you the map of the route until after it's selected. It confused a lot of folks who were used to Apple's maps (before and after google). I'm not saying that Google doesn't make a good looking interface, but it's not the most intuitive.

philr5150
Jan 25, 2013, 03:00 PM
One day soon, I'm gonna invent a time machine. When that day comes, the first thing I'll do is head back in time, find the guy who first coined "...you are the product", and smack him upside the head as hard as I can.

Maybe it'll shame him enough so he'll never say it. Then, when I come back to the present, I'll never have to hear anyone ever say it again. It is the STUPIDEST damn thing people on Apple boards say.

I mean hell. You've always "been the product" for Google. No one had a problem with this until they released Android. Now apparently it's this horrible thing, being able to use a product for free in exchange for demographic data.

God, I tell ya. I wish some people would think about the things they say rather than hop onto the latest catchphrase bandwagon.

Steve would never of allowed that. :-D

Renzatic
Jan 25, 2013, 03:05 PM
Steve would never of allowed that. :-D

:angry face: :shakes fist:

Rodimus Prime
Jan 25, 2013, 03:53 PM
well first you have to search or enter the destination, select the car on the bottom, select the car on the top, then select the route. And it doesn't show you the map of the route until after it's selected. It confused a lot of folks who were used to Apple's maps (before and after google). I'm not saying that Google doesn't make a good looking interface, but it's not the most intuitive.

depends. Honestly first time I used Apple maps I had a lot of trouble using it. I tried to use it like google maps. I am use to how things work on Android. Helping my mom figure it out on her iPhone was tricky for me.

jonnyb
Jan 25, 2013, 04:57 PM
So is no one else experiencing the music bug?

Tunnelrunner
Jan 25, 2013, 05:21 PM
Yeah - Where's the Android update :mad:

Heh. I actually prefer the more robust, feature-packed Android version of Google Maps to the iOS version and keep waiting for the iOS version to update. YMMV.

redsoxfan320
Jan 25, 2013, 11:19 PM
Too bad you need iOS 6 for this update :(

jtara
Jan 26, 2013, 02:30 PM
Non-starter due to requiring you to log-in with your Google ID.

I will not use apps that require login for no reason.

I realize that logging-in can offer some benefits (such as sharing with a desktop machine) but is absolutely not a need for a newsreader app.

Pass.

mrsir2009
Jan 26, 2013, 03:06 PM
Heh. I actually prefer the more robust, feature-packed Android version of Google Maps to the iOS version and keep waiting for the iOS version to update. YMMV.

Yep: Android wifi only tablet plus iPhone tethered for data = Mint navigation system in the car :D

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Non-starter due to requiring you to log-in with your Google ID.

I will not use apps that require login for no reason.

I realize that logging-in can offer some benefits (such as sharing with a desktop machine) but is absolutely not a need for a newsreader app.

Pass.

Well what harm does it do you? And unless there’s a mss boycott, you’ll be the one who’s missing out ;)

maxosx
Jan 26, 2013, 03:18 PM
I believe in giving credit where credits due.

Google has done a great job with the various mobile services, iOS App's apps, and the like. They've been a true contributor to the iPhones success.

Apple learned the hard way when they walked away from google maps. Google stepped up showing that they don't let their egos get in the way.

Even being the target of Apple' wrath, Google realizes how valuable public image is.

jtara
Jan 26, 2013, 04:34 PM
Well what harm does it do you? And unless there’s a mss boycott, you’ll be the one who’s missing out ;)

I've no interest in Google - or anybody else - tracking what news I read.

I realize that all of the news aggregators certainly collect both aggregate and personal usage information, but without registration, it isn't tied to my personal identity, and not tracked across multiple services.

A Google ID is the closest thing we have to an official Government ID. Not issued by the government, but might as well be.

I'm not a paranoid conspiracy theorist. I just don't think it's prudent to hand over my:

- reading habits
- political leanings
- purchase history
- web searches
- contacts and affiliations
- where I'm looking on a map
- etc. etc. etc.

to a single organization for incorporation into their database about me.

I have a Google ID because I need one because I am a software developer and registered for some Google APIs. As well, I ocassionaly use Google Wallet to make a purchase. I search logged-out. I don't have a Facebook account.

There is absolutely no reason they need this in order for me to read news. I use Zite and News360, which I'm pretty happy with. (Though Zite much more so before their recent acquisition by CNN and "improved" app.) Neither require that you log-in to use the app.

Riles31
Jan 26, 2013, 07:23 PM
First tried Pulse, then Flipboard and finally Currents.. After a few months it's still great. Excellent UI, easy to read and offers a broad range of reading materials. Love it.