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We've known the day was coming for a while. The Currents app has finally hit the end of the road. An update to version 2.3 is rolling out through the Play Store that officially closes up shop and points users in the direction of Google Play Newsstand. Subscriptions are automatically transferred over to Newsstand and the old Currents app disables itself after users tap through for the first time.

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The update to 2.3 is a lithe 860 KB, down from the 5.4 MB of the previous version. The app only serves one purpose: direct users to download Newsstand (if they don't already have it) and start it up. Users that tap through will be met with a welcome message from Newsstand. Once the Currents apps completes its task, the app icon should disappear automatically from the app drawer and most launchers. The Play Store page even removes the 'Open' button so that the only remaining option is to uninstall.

We've dug into the code and found that the Currents app also clears its app storage after starting up Newsstand, so it shouldn't take up much space by itself. However, there's really no reason to keep it lying around, so it's probably best to just uninstall it.

If you're dreading the idea of giving up Currents any sooner than necessary, the old version of the app is still operational, for now. Of course, there's no telling how long that will last.

So long, and thanks for all the news.

From the Play Store description:

Google Play Newsstand is the new home for all your favorites news, magazines, blogs, and more. Newsstand updates and replaces Google Currents, which is no longer available for download or use. For existing Currents users, all your subscriptions will instantly transfer and be available for you in Newsstand. Discover a better way to enjoy all the news you love with Google Play Newsstand now. Find articles recommended just for you in Read Now, topics to follow, and premier news partners like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Guardian, and more.

Thanks, Santiago.

Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

  • Raloc

    RIP Currents, you terrible, device breaking turd

    • someone755

      Couldn't agree more. And as if it's not mindblowing enough that people USED that thing, when Newsstand came to be, they gave 1-star ratings because the design wasn't like the Currents current design!

    • abobobilly

      Absolutely True. As much as i wanted to use it, I HATED IT to death. Hogged my device for no reason.

      However, "News Stand" isn't something better. Seems a rebranded version thats all, with a slightly revised UI (which does work slightly better)

      • ddpacino

        Any luck with using the new Newsstand app?

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  • brkshr

    I figured that was coming when NewsStand was released

  • hyperbolic

    Just a comment that says "I got a brand new Nexus 5 and was FIRSTTT with the update" ;)

    • Haunter

      You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake.

  • miri

    'Uninstall' doesn't seem to be for removing the app, but rather reversing the update that disabled it.

    • User

      Yeah me too.

      • https://therealpadster.deviantart.com/ Padster

        Same

    • David Li

      then it must be a system app (nexus?)

      • brkshr

        exactly. It most likely came with his phone. I'm guessing it's a Nexus?

        • someone755

          Not rooted Nexus? What kind of madman -- ?

          • abobobilly

            Not pointing fingers at anyone, but there are some who would jailbreak an iPhone but will not root an Android. :S

          • someone755

            I've been trying to understand this for the last 15 hours. Solution will be available in [infinite].

    • Kylecore

      Guys its 800kb and removes itself from launchers. I bet theres pictures on your phone bigger than it. Ignore the uninstall button pretend its gone lol

    • Mike Reid

      So... it climbs back from 1 MB to 5 MB ?

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

        Since it's a pre-loaded app, the original APK is always there, so when the latest update is installed, the combined size is 6 MB. "Uninstalling" and leaving it just at the original is going to shave off that last megabyte. On the other hand, the dalvik cache will be larger with the original than with the update, but I doubt it'll be as large, so the difference will be fairly trivial.

        I think it's best just to update it and leave it be. At the very least, the latest update won't do anything in the background. Plus, you don't have to stare at the one non-updated app in the Play Store :)

    • sam

      Don't uninstall it, just open it once. It will disappear after that.

  • epsiblivion

    are you able to remove it from devices like nexus 7 where it is system app? no root

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      Without unlocking the bootloader, you won't be able to. If that's not for you, just wait a bit and an official OTA will probably remove it.

      • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

        I just don't understand why they didn't just remove it now (or even better, back when GPNS first came out)

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

          They kind of did. The Nexus 5, and I think 2013 Nexus 7, shipped without Currents built into the firmware.

          • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

            I see... I'm on the N4 still. But I remember that when Hangouts came out, for instance, Google Talk just disappeared. I wonder why they didn't just do a swap like that from the beginning.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

            Good point. I guess an argument could be made that Hangouts completely matched the functionality of Talk, which is a bit different; but it's a good example of where Google did a wholesale replacement of an app. Maybe there was an uncertainty about how to evolve Newsstand, so Currents was allowed to stay until a decision could be made.

          • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

            First, didn't mean to down vote. Second, that's a good point!

  • Jerald Lee

    I kinda like Currents though...

  • JPB

    So what becomes of Currents Daydream mode? Honestly, that's the only thing I ever used it for.

    • http://wingednazgul.blogspot.com/ Winged Nazgul

      Me too. I was wondering why Currents wasn't working in Daydream mode any more today until I found out about the update. Anyone else know of any similar apps that work in Daydream like Currents?

  • http://404err0r.com/ Henry Park

    I loved the UI of Currents...... not that I was looking at it that much anyways

  • usaff22

    The offline options in Newsstand are TERRIBLE compared to the ones found in Currents. I will not be uninstalling/updating for this reason.

  • Thomas Tilburg

    I loved Currents, the design was great :(

    • Jack

      yeah, so easy to flick between feeds it was great

  • Android Developer

    why didn't they just rename it and cause the Currents to be updated to NewsStand?

    • http://www.twitter.com/dsilinski Darren

      Because Newsstand is a renaming of Play Magazines.

      • Android Developer

        what are the "play magazines" ? aren't they for reading paid magazines?
        the NewsStand has the same idea as Currents, so i think it could be a better thing to update from Currents.

        • http://www.twitter.com/dsilinski Darren

          Play Magazines was a Google Play app, similar to Play Books or Play Music. It was updated and renamed Play Newsstand, so now you can purchase magazines with it or reed news/RSS feeds.

        • joser116

          Google wanted to have one app for all news/magazines/feeds. If they just renamed Currents to Newsstand, they would still have 2 apps for news reading/magazines, Play Magazines and Currents. So it was best to combine everything into one app, and Google chose the Play Magazines app to be updated into the super app because it made more money for them and also the Play Magazines was already designed to look like the rest of the Play Suite of apps.

          • Android Developer

            So the new "NewsStand" also have the ability to buy magazines and subscribe (with money) to them?

  • http://twitter.com/shamus_carter james kendall

    I saw that coming the moment they killed off the rss reader. it was only a matter of time till Currents meet a similar fate.

    • ddpacino

      Huh? The essence of Currents still lives in Newsstand; just a more robust app that includes Magazines.

  • AllPurposeRadio

    Gave it a bunch of tries...much like Flipboard just too much window dressing when all I want to do is read a news story.Much happier with GReader or Press.

  • mwolverine

    Is there any way I can have the widget show me only My news, and not from sources I don't care about?

    Also what I miss is the way currents allows you to pick sections of a source (Like just the politics section from Huffington post)

  • Syphonfire

    And auto update for currents disabled :P

    I work in the basement of a building so i get no mobile data currents updating every morning to keep me informed at break times was great, the offline mode to newsstand has never worked well for me.

  • Guest

    Funny, I just looked it up on the Play store, and it is available to install...wait a min.... Guess I am wrong and it will not install...lol !

  • G

    I has absolutely no probs with Currents. Personally, I prefer it to Newsstand.

  • เกรียนเทพ ดี อันลิมิเตด

    The only reason I prefer Feedly over all news readers is that, it can be use every where (PC or mobile). I will not change to Newsstand anytime soon.

  • silkred

    I really liked Currents because it would keep synced with my chosen newspapers so they were available offline while I was on the train home - the new app - Newsstand - does not seem to do the same proactive sync that Currents used to do - I have it set to make the chosen newspapers available offline - but when I get to the train the articles are old and often not even there... this was a big reason why I bought my Nexus 10 in the first place... so I am not at all happy with the new update as it seems regressive in the extreme...

    • jon

      I'm with you silkred--it was the downloading on background that made currents so desirable and no more.

      • silkred

        I got upset with it all and deleted the newsstand app - to my delight - this left google currents in its place - I have a Nexus 10 - I guess the initial setup is in the rom somewhere who knows - but I then switched off the auto update for currents and find that it still works just like it always used to - I am so happy - Newsstand on my mobile even does not manage to keep up and will often report that it does not have the story and cant get on the network - I have no idea whatever what Google is up to pushing such crap at their users...

  • faith

    :(

  • faith

    They should have got ridden of news stand instead not currents

  • Josh C

    Looks like currents has stopped receiving new news updates as of yesterday. RIP.

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