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Google has been on fire lately with its iOS apps, displaying a newly-found sense of design that features a clean, simple interface with a large helping of Helvetica Neue. Just look at Google Maps, YouTube, or Google+ and you’ll see what I mean.

Today, the search giant has updated its Flipboard-style news aggregation app, Google Currents, with that design, as well as other new features and improvements. Navigation in the app is now quicker, and news stories are much easier to find…

Here’s the 2.0 change log from the App Store:

• Edition sidebar – quickly access your editions within categories such as business, sports, etc.
• Fast scan – Vertical swipe to scan an edition, horizontal swipe advances to next edition
• Breaking stories – ranked by Google News. Links to full length content.
• Saved stories – star for future reference
• New catalog design

I’ve never been a big Flipboard user, and I think I’ve tried Google Currents maybe once before today. But I have to say, I’m really digging this update. The UI is clean, navigation is quick and smooth, and it’s really easy to find interesting content.

The default news sources include websites across various genres: Entertainment, Tech, Sports, etc., and adding your own sources only takes a few taps. There’s also a new Breaking News section, which is aggregated from Google News.

Overall it’s a great update, and it brings the app up to par with Google’s other popular iOS offerings. It looks good on both the iPhone and the iPad, and as usual, it’s free. If you want to check out Google Currents, you can find it in the App Store.

What do you think of the new Google Currents app?

  • mervynraj

    Google knows how to keep their customers satisfied and not let them get bored of their apps and iOS. Something Apple should worry about or even Nokia will start eating up their shares!!

  • I wish they’d update their Gmail app. I can’t even get past the “Welcome to Gmail” screen! I click on “Go to inbox” and after about 30 seconds it tells me there is a network error…

    • Falk M.

      Try rebooting and reinstalling the app.

      Also, is your device jailbroken?

      • No not jailbroken. I’ve reinstalled it a couple of times. Tried different email accounts etc. This is also my third iPhone 5 and its not worked on any.

      • Falk M.

        Weird, because it’s working fine on my 64GB iPhone 5 here… :S

  • If google did the same thing to its OS it would better than apple.

  • ExRoot

    I purposely did not delete this app because I was waiting for more features and here they are. Read this, got excited went to update and guess what…..now requires ios 6.0. Dammit!!!!

  • Chris Eko

    Somehow i see this new thing from google will be applied on new ios. I said that because this gui looks like the new appstore, new itunes. Godspeed, ios will make a great step ahead again