News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday December 12, 2012.
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An updated version of Google Currents for Android has been released with new organization and design options for reading news stories. Currents has been updated to include a category view that shows content according to topic. Rather than read the Deadspin Edition and then read the sports section of the ABC News edition, content from both sources can be browsed in the "Sports" edition. The new app lets users scroll through a sidebar listing of editions related to topics like Entertainment, Tech, Politics, and more.
Google has also added a Breaking News page within each topic - Entertainment, Tech, Sports, and so on - to highlight the top stories from all editions, even the ones that a user doesn't follow. Articles are selected based off search data and highlights the most relevant stories in a given topic, and serves as a way to discover new editions that might be worth subscribing to in the future.
Currents has received a handful of changes meant to make reading news easier. The app now shows headlines from all of a user's subscriptions, so someone can swipe horizontally to quickly see the top stories from all sources. The same principle applies to a specific Currents edition, so users can swipe vertically to see all the new stories from a particular source.
Android users can download Google Currents for Android to access the new features now. An Apple iOS update for the iPhone and iPad is "coming soon," according to Google.source: Google
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