Google has released version 2.0 of the Currents app for Android, and a whole pile of new features are in store. Before we get much further, here's the changelog:

What's new in 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
* Edition-section chooser - Choose “Customize” to filter out sections
* Unread marks - Read stories are marked. (Setting to hide)
* Breaking stories - ranked by Google News. Links to full length content.
* Saved stories - star for future reference
* New catalog design
* Widget

Yeah, that's a lot of new stuff. A Currents widget is a notable one, along with the Edition sidebar UI and fast scan view, which allow you to swipe through various categories or choose them from a list. And as has always been the case with Currents, everything is very, very pretty.

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You can now star stories to save them to look at later, stories have read / unread indicators, and there's a brand-new Breaking stories section where you can see the latest handpicked articles from Google News. This is definitely the biggest update we've seen to Currents yet, and every time, we can't help but notice how much more awesome it gets.

Head to the Play Store to get it now. You can also check out this post on the official Android blog, describing the update.

Official Android Blog

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.

  • http://www.euandroid.com.br Tsuharesu Luciel

    Theres a ']' missing in the app badge =)

  • cc_star

    I only have a limited memory device and Currents soon bloats to 50MB+

    Hope they've done something about that

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

      How could they "do something about that"? The app's purpose is to cache information for locally stored, offline viewing. The only thing they could do is come up with new compression techniques. If you don't want a bunch of locally stored news content on your phone, I'd advise against ever installing Currents.

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

    Hrm, seems to crash as soon as I enter the Android Police page in Currents.

    • namname

      Could you please check to see if the app is a resource hog? The 1.5.1 version had a bad habit of draining your battery even while on Wifi. Additionally the garbage collection was horrible and could allow it to balloon up past 50MB on first use. There wasn't an option to move it to your SDCard either.

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

        It's not a GC problem, the app is caching stuff for offline viewing, which you cannot disable. The store issue is not going to change unless Google comes up with a way to compress the articles even further locally (certainly possible).

        • Alvin Brinson

          Pretty sure you CAN disable that - check your options.

    • jm9843

      Working fine for me on the Nexus 4 Artem. The new app is fantastic, I might actually use it now..

  • saimin

    Is it still a resource hog? I had to disable the previous version because it was killing both my tablet and my WiFi network.

  • companyemails

    So can someone please explain, is Currents now taking the place of the old News app that was included in Android?

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

      I think that's a pretty safe bet at this point.

  • Ryuuie

    Uhh... I think all of my subscriptions are gone. :C

    • mgamerz

      It's synced to your google account, likely it had to readd all of them when it opened due to changes in how it stored your subscriptions.

  • armshouse

    Gonna wait for a few others to test out. I don't want it lagging my nexus 7 all over again!

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    I hope they begin to merge this with Reader, explaining why they don't seem to give a crap about Reader anymore.

    • Ryuuie

      If it makes any sense, Reader had more of a presence in the first few iterations of Currents. In Currents 2.0, not so much anymore.

      Maybe they will replace it with Reader (or News).

    • woj_tek

      I hope not if it will kill Reader as we know it...

      • Casen Brashear

        You can use currents to access your reader feeds.... does that count?

        • woj_tek

          I've tried that - it was counterintuitive, all my grouping of feed went to /dev/null, I wasn't able to view only selected category (i.e. *only* selected category without touching other items), there wasn't any notification/information about unread items/what was/wasn't read (but this also applies to google+ [and fb as well]) which makes retardines even more annoying... I was under the impression that the technology should *solve* problems and make my life easier, not the other way around -adding unnecessary complications and making me jump hoops just to make something as simple as read news that *I* want to read and not what someone thinks would suit me best...

      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        It appears to have a section for adding anything from Google Reader, which would allow you to add your own sources.

        And considering what an ignored problem Reader has become, I'd be willing to lose some of it to have Google actually care again. They've completely ignored the "Sort by Magic" bug since they integrated with +.

        • woj_tek

          actually if they go with integration I'll probably dump both as currents sucks big time... the push towards "we know better what you should read" is highly annoying (currents, google+ sorting in seemingly random order, etc)

    • Jays2Kings

      I hope so too, it would be better at least if it synced what was read and not with currents. The new app is pretty cool though.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      I really hope not. Even if Reader continues to go somewhat ignored, I would rather the two remain separate. I follow a few feeds that are simply not well suited to the interface in Currents. I believe Currents is about news while Reader is about quickly dismissable RSS items. When I get several hundred items a day (most of which I rarely bother to even skim), it would make Currents completely unusable. Of course, I already don't use Currents and this probably isn't going to change that right now.

      I know there are other 3rd party RSS clients that are heavily recommended (especially gReader), but I haven't seen that any of them offer anything worth the typical $5 price tag.

  • Nimer55

    Reason I didn't use it before was lack of this

    "* Edition-section chooser - Choose “Customize” to filter out sections"
    -I hope/am guessing it also lets me re-arrange the categories.

    -Cant' try it yet though, because current phone doesn't have enough room, but really excited for when I get my Nexus 4. (Should be shortly after Christmas. Got the 3-4 week time frame on the third of december.)

  • Chris Sanner

    I would happily use currents over any google reader app - but the one thing missing from a lot of these "let us find stuff you'll find interesting!" apps is a "keep this unread" function. so as soon as I've read it in currents...it's gone from my unread items in reader.
    maybe if I clear out my starred items I can use that instead...but I find it frustrating to revamp my normal workflow to start using an app I may discard

    • tsunami1609

      In those situations I normally use Pocket.

      • Chris Sanner

        I use Pocket for things I know are just too long to read right now - but that I definitely want to. I want an intermediate stage - "I can't digest this in under a minute, but I want to come back and see if it's worth even saving later"

  • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

    Wow, it feels like Google+. The interface is gorgeous.

  • svenner

    Flipboard still syncs more 'current' topics. On Google Currents I'm seeing an article from 4hours ago for Android Police. It should sync a but better than that I would think. Uninstalling.

  • Casen Brashear

    Is there an easy way to get straight to the online post of the stories? Currents never shows comments and i like to read those.

    • Casen Brashear

      Nope, no way to open source article... Back to Pulse I go.

  • Andrew

    Man, I liked the old version, but I have uninstalled after the update. They have completely changed the interaction, and, in my opinion, not for the better.

    My main problem with it, though, is that there is no way to look at all and only the feeds I have chosen: the All tab, which you would think would do it, adds in the "Pick of the week" feeds, which are of no interest to me.

    • Dex

      You can disable the "Pick of the week" in the settings.

      • Andrew

        Ah, you are right. Thanks.

        Also, it seems as though they now only show news from your sources in the picture slideshow (which shows when you haven't selected a source) which is a definite improvement.

  • Danny

    Great update, but it still takes an hour for newly posted articles to become available. Why?

    • svenner

      I wish they would figure that out. Only thing I hate about it.

  • Dex

    Does anyone know how to unsubscribe in this new version? Please help!

    • Dex

      Oh I figured it out. It's the little "customize" text in italics.

      I would consider myself really good at dealing with new UI's. (Always the first to install new beta builds and really enjoy them). But it taking me 20 mins to figure this out is a bad sign.

      • Jason Decker

        Yep, 20 minutes seems like a long time. Everything but the "save for later" function seemed pretty self-evident here. Maybe you were just tired.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1322713647 Andy Rhine

    I can't get to "Breaking Stories", anybody else find it?

    • Alvin Brinson

      Scroll down when you go to "Add Subscriptions".. It's near the end of the list of groups.

  • DeadSOL

    The new app is simply fantastic!!! The only reason Flipboard kept pulling me over was because it just looked darn cool! Now, Currents looks cool and it's a lot easier to handle! I love the update! :D

  • chris2kari

    I will cautiously try this new version of Currents BUT the previous versions was wayyyy too magazine-ish & big resource hog.

    Google is indifferent/antipathetic to Reader so I've been looking for a cross platform replacement before it's too late. It's obvious it will disappear at some point.

    I've been so ingrained into looking at huge collapsed lists in Reader that Flipboard/Currents et al were just infuriating.

    I have been testing out Feedly in Firefox on Mac & Feedly Andriod app. I was initially repulsed by its prettified interface BUT once you learn it's GUI it's actually better than Reader or Currents. Replaces 2 apps with one.

    Feedly reminds me a lot of Pocket. DIsplays things cleanly & quickly with a clever interface.
    I suggest people give it a try for a few day's & see what they think.

    Suggestions welcome :)

    • Nrupesh Soni

      Give GReader a try, Very good interface for Google Reader, you can customise the shortcuts/buttons/gestures so quickly swiping the article or clicking it saves it to pocket or elsewhere... a lot of different customizations

  • Alvin Brinson

    And.... I can't mark all read. C'Mon...... if I skipped an article it's because I didn't WANT to read it. It would be great if I could tell it to mark those read without having to open EACH ONE... You know, like Google Reader can do.

    • mgamerz

      The article tile will be grey if you have viewed it.

    • mduran1023

      Mark as read appears at the bottom of the article list. Just scroll all the way down and you'll see it.

  • Dumdum

    The widget is not listed in my widget list. How can i get the currents widget to show up?