With many people looking for replacement news readers after Google announced the demise of Google Reader, Google has struck while the iron is hot with another one of their products. They have added audio playback support to their Google Currents app for Android devices. According to Google’s list of new features in the news reader, audio playback will work with publications that enable audio. Control can be achieved both in app and via the status bar with audio easily launched using icons in a story. Along with the new audio features, Google Currents can now sync read state between devices and some bug fixes were included in this release.
If you haven’t tried Google Currents or want to update, use the download link below.
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Google has rolled out an update to its Currents application today, allowing users to easily scan various categories, publications and breaking news. The minor upgrade may not seem a like a huge deal, but the new navigation metric will give users the ability to browse through the latest and most popular headlines without delving into a specific article or publication.
A new array of categories has also been added, meaning readers can now view articles based on subject matter like Entertainment, Sports and Lifestyle. Additionally, stories from specific publications can now be navigated by swiping vertically–something that will come as a welcomed addition for those who previously used Currents. You can find the full list of changes at the source link below.
For those of you patiently waiting for the popular Flipbard application, one of Google Currents‘ direct competitors, you’ll be happy to know that the app has finally made its way to the Android platform. To kick things off, the app will be exclusive to Samsung Galaxy III devices initially before finally rolling out to the rest of the platform. We weren’t told exactly how long the rest of the world will have to wait but we’ll do our best to find out for you. The UI looks pretty similar to what the iPhone currently has today, and as expected, allows gestures for navigating through your aggregated content. However, unlike the iPhone, the Android version will of course sport a cool widget which takes up an entire page providing the day’s latest and popular news feeds. If you think you’ll most likely be on board come launch day, you can sign up at the link below to receive the update once the application is available for Android. And by the way the devs stated the app will be available for “Android mobile phones” we’re not banking on a tablet version right off the bat. So, here’s to hoping we don’t have to wait for the app too long. And if we do, lets hope our boys over XDA will have something to say about it. Are you looking forward to the app or are you content with Google Currents and other news aggregation apps already on the Android OS?
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