Many users of Android or iOS tablets and mobiles are aware of Flipboard, but have yet to experience Google’s alternative offering named Currents. It offers similar functionality, simple interface and a host of content available for perusal. It also offers an easy mechanism to add an RSS feed of your favourite blog or website.
Although the images in this application walk-through were taken on an Android tablet, the screen and menus are identical for both iOS and Android users. There are screen shots of the application on the iPad and iPhone at the end of the walk-through.
First things first — Google Currents must be installed on your device. If using Android use this link to install from the Android Market. If using an iOS device (iPad or iPhone), use this link to download Google Currents from the App Store.
Please also note that Google Currents is currently a free app for all Android tabs, iPad and iPhone.
Tap Download button:
Tap Accept & download:
After download, save a step and tap the Open button:
Google needs to know the proper account to use for Currents. I chose the same account I use on the Android Market:
Tap Allow button to permit the application to access information in your Google account:
Google Currents splash screen.
Currents gives you a brief five-step tutorial the first time it is ran. Swipe images to the left to progress to the main menu:
To add content from a blog or RSS feed tap the Add more button:
Tap the Search category in the left-hand menu:
Search for a blog or edition. In the example I enter glasskeys as the search term:
Tap the Add for free button adjacent to the content you wish to use. Note that you can also opt to select RSS feeds. This means that Google Currents is able to display most web content in “magazine” format, due to the fact that virtually every website has content available via RSS.
Tap the Done button when finished adding blogs or RSS feeds to your subscription list:
You will return to your subscription “library”. At this point you may select content to read. For example purposes I chose the Glasskeys.com subscription:
Glasskeys is now displayed with each post appearing as a rectangle in a magazine formatted for tablets. Tap one of the rectangles to read the “article”, and enjoy using Google Currents!
Google Currents application for the iPad:
Selecting Glasskeys.com subsciption. Although I used my Android based Asus Transformer to subscribe to the Glasskeys.com, my subscription list was transferred to the Google Currents app on the iPad:
Edition articles displayed on the iPad:
Google Current screens as they appear on the iPhone: