Google’s answer to Flipboard could launch this week

We told you about Google’s new social news reader, code-named Propeller, about a month ago, and it looks like a launch could take place this week. Propeller will be a lot like Flipboard, which has been a big hit on the Apple iPad. It will also compete with the likes of Pulse, Taptu, and News360. Furthermore, we are hearing Yahoo! will also launch a similar offering this Wednesday called Livestand.

We aren’t sure if Propeller will be the actual name since it’s a code name, but there are reports that “Currents” could be the choice. It’s an HTML5 reader, and it will be available for both Android and the Apple iPad. Propeller will have plenty of media partners, and it will integrate with the Google+ social network.

Of all the social news reader offerings, Flipboard has been a leader, which is why Google tried to buy them last year. When that didn’t work, Google decided to create their own, which they warned Flipboard they would do.

Yahoo! also plans on making a splash with Livestand this Wednesday. They originally announced their intentions back in February at Mobile World Congress. We’re unsure how they will distribute it or even if they will release an Android app, but we assume they will. I’m sure we will find out more this Wednesday.

So what do you think? Are you looking forward to Propeller or Livestand or are you sticking with one of the current offerings like Pulse?

[via allthingsd]

About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.

  • odd

    To explain what propeller is, you compare it to a similar app. For people who don’t know that app (like me with flipboard), it gives use no further info about the app than being a “social news reader”, which is pretty vague.

    This isn’t the first time I see this here, so I suggest you explain the apps you present so we know wth you’re talking about :)

  • Matt

    I’m just sticking with Google Reader and Google+.

  • Droid fanboy

    I second what ‘odd’ said! This happens a lot and is very frustrating.

  • Curt

    20 seconds of Google search

    1 minute of looking at the website

    here is a link explaining flipboard

  • odd

    The point of readings news website is to not have to google info. I’m not saying it’s hard or anything, it’s just good journalism to include a short paragraph explaining what you’re talking about.

  • Bronwyn

    If you’re having issues with Notes feel free to drop me an electronic mail and I will be pleased to try and make it easier to tackle the issue. I’ll try to reply as quickly as I can however please keep in mind I do have a real job too. If I get a variety of bogus emails I will simply cut off the e-mail address.

  • black friday netbook deals 2011

    My netbook has a blue screen, I do not know how to solve the problem.
    Can anyone recommend me. Thank you very much.

    • Joe User123

      red paint?