Google Currents Goes InternationalBy: Mike Fossum - April 12, 2012
Google Mobile’s blog just Google+Mobile+Blog%29″ target=”_blank”>announced that Google Currents, the magazine app of Android and iOS, has gone global. The app presently hosts over 400 Currents Editions, as well as 14,000 independent sources of content.
Google Currents 1.1 is now international, and now more easily syncs content. Upon opening each edition, new content automatically appears, which reduces bandwidth, storage and battery use of a user’s phone or tablet, and fully packaged editions can be designated for offline reading, when a user gets on a plane. This optimization of battery consumption is more relevant than ever, with Apple’s retina displays requiring more power.
Publishers now have the Google Translate feature at their disposal, and can post their content via Google Currents Producer. Here’s a shot of the interface:
With the new global features, publishers and readers have 38 languages at their disposal, and users can keep up with Italian sports pages like Corriere dello Sport, or read Scientific American in Yiddish. Below is a screen shot of the German soccer site kicker.de:
Google Currents 1.1 is available at Google Play or the Apple App Store. Some editions persently offered include Popular Science, Scientific American, Space.com, Bleacher Report, CBS Sports, Surfer, Harvard Business Review, Inc., Celebuzz, HollywoodLife, Now magazine, TMZ, Men’s Health, Yoga Journal, Colossal, Dwell, The Atlantic, PRI, Slate, etc.