Google Currents revamped based on search technology

Summary:Google relies on its search strength as it rolls out new methods for discovering content on the Currents app.

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It's a big week for desktop and mobile app revamps as tech bigwigs continue to roll out major updates like holiday presents for their users.

Today, Google is rolling out a refresh for its Currents mobile app for reading content from news outlets, blogs and online magazines.

The big focus here appears to be on making new content more discoverable than anything else.

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Mussie Shore, a group product manager at Google, explained in a blog post on Wednesday that the Currents development team used "some of the technology behind Search to bring you breaking stories on those celebrity scandals, that fiscal cliff negotiation or hottest holiday gift."

Shore listed some examples of how Currents users can now scroll through news items of potential interest. That includes scanning through news categories, specific editions of various digital publications, and breaking news stories.

Currents has been updated to ensure that it is optimized for any mobile device display, whether it's a smartphone or tablet. Furthermore, Shore added that breaking news will be customized to the user's country and language so only relevant news pops up.

The updated version of Google Currents is now available for download on Google Play. A newer iOS version is promised to follow soon.

Screenshots via The Official Android Blog

Topics: Google, Android, Apps, Smartphones, Tablets

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