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Google Currents Changes News Scanning Experience

    December 12, 2012
    Chris Crum
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It was just over a year ago when Google launched its news reader app Currents for Android and iOS. It went international earlier this year, but we don’t see product announcements about it very often.

Today, however, Google announced some new features, including the ability to scan through categories, editions and breaking news.

“Today, we’re revamping Currents to make it even easier to scan through all your favorite categories and specific editions with just the swipe of a finger,” says group product manager Mussie Shore. “And, we’re using some of the technology behind Search to bring you breaking stories on those celebrity scandals, that fiscal cliff negotiation or hottest holiday gift.”

Google Currents update

Google is grouping editions into categories. All content will be grouped into the categories, which are accessible from a sidebar. They can be organized so you can put your favorites at the top.

“We’ve also made it easy to quickly browse through top articles from all your favorite editions in a category—just swipe horizontally,” says Shore. “If you subscribe to more than a dozen News editions like The Atlantic, ABC News and The Telegraph, you can quickly swipe through the entire category and dive into editions with articles of interest.”

You can also now swipe vertically to scan headlines.