Google Currents is probably the single best-looking Android app Google puts out, and since its initial release, it has also been so slow to sync that it's practically useless. But no longer - Currents has received its first major update, and rather than drag this thing out, I'll just present you with the changelog:

  • Sync speed - dramatic (7x) performance boost
  • Instant online sync - no need to press "sync". Just open an edition for latest content.
  • Offline reading - Choose favorite editions for offline images.
  • International - Currents now available worldwide (44 languages).
  • Translate - Translate complete editions to your preferred language (38 languages).
  • Trending - Local trending stories provided for US, FR, UK, DE, IT, ES, JP, AU.
  • Bug fixes

If you're not familiar with Currents, it's Google's take on a news aggregator client, with a particular focus on images and "digital print" style presentation. With the new update's improved sync functionality, it's definitely a worthy competitor to apps like Pulse and News360. You can also check out Android Police on Google Currents!

In the screenshots below, some of the differences you'll see are a "Sync now" option, as well as a "Preferred language" setting. Of course, the biggest changes have happened behind the scenes, with the most important being massively improved sync speed (it took ages for Currents to sync in the previous version). International availability, translated editions (courtesy of Google Translate, no doubt), and offline reading round off the major features added in this release.

There's also now a lot more control over how and when Currents will sync, allowing you to reduce the app's battery usage - a complaint many users had previously (see screenshot).

Head over to the Play Store to download it now, and check out the Google Mobile Blog to learn more about the new version.

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Chris W.

    So... what does it do exactly?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com David Ruddock

      It's a news aggregator client with a focus on visual presentation / images.

    • Thom Schröder

      You're one click away from that answer? Just press the Google Play button to see what it is :)

  • glenn

    Great sync speed was its only real downfall for me, fantastic app :D

    • http://twitter.com/Sxeptomaniac Sxeptomaniac

      I also stopped using it because it forever to update, especially over 3g, but I'm going to give it another shot.

  • Rafa

    Yeah, thing was so slow that I deleted it. Guess I'll give it a chance again. Thanks for the update.

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    You can now subscribe to Currents pages straight from the web, and they'll get synced to the app. FINALLY.

    Which brings me to my next point:

    • Ryan B

      Thank you, and I've added your "current"!

  • Tyler C

    I use this app probably on a daily basis, this is a very welcome update! Sometimes the slow sync speeds were a bit frustrating, but now that is no more! Very glad to see they made these improvements.

  • Eric

    Still no Google reader sync makes this app a non-starter for me. Hope they fix that soon. Love the look.

    • Jkrkj

      Search -> google reader-> add feeds from your google reaader

  • http://www.insertclevertitle.co.uk Adrian Age Willings

    Woot! International at last!

  • mgamerz

    Hope it fixes the HORRENDOUS big images it downloads and previews on the first page. Its like its stretching a thumbnail!

  • pachi72

    I just want Flipboard already..

  • jeff donuts

    i might have to give it another chance now that they boosted the speed up 7x

  • whargharbl

    This still exists? I'm amazed.

  • shadvich

    was sort of clunky even on my oc'd gnex but this updates makes it feel a little quicker

  • http://www.iphoneandroidtips.org iphoneandroidtips

    Another update for Google currents after google plus and they both updates are far better than last version and I am sure now Google is ready to give tough competition to thers

  • WishesGooglehadbetterUX

    Biggest issues remaining with the app:

    1) If you have 20 pages of sources, you have to flip through all of them to get to the start or end.

    2) Once inside a source, you have to click on the story you are interested in, have it take you to the category view where you have to find the story and then click on it again.

  • http://fc1032.blogspot.com Brian

    And I thought I was the only one with slow sync!

    Turns out it wasn't my wifi or 3g :D

  • JimyKK

    YES! I remember being supremely disappointed that as a non US user I couldn't use this app.

  • Umberto

    How does this compare with Pulse??