Google Currents Gets A Major UI Overhaul

Google Currents, the app which was apparently the culprit behind all the lag on the Nexus 7 and other Android devices running Android 4.2, has got a major update from Google. The v2.0 update brings with it a completely over-hauled UI for the app, along with a major improvement in the performance and stability of the app.

The app had got a slight UI makeover back at Google I/O this year, but this new update brings about a completely new UI. Google Currents now has a sidebar UI, which is slowly and steadily becoming a standard in all quality Android apps, that allows for quick access to different topics or feeds. There is also a new re-designed widget, which is much more useful at display data than the previous version. Below is the full change-log of the update -:

* 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
* Edition-section chooser – Choose “Customize” to filter out sections
* Unread marks – Read stories are marked. (Setting to hide)
* Breaking stories – ranked by Google News. Links to full length content.
* Saved stories – star for future reference
* New catalog design
* Widget

The update is already live in the Play Store and can be downloaded from here.

Google Introduces Google Currents; Twitter App For Android Gets A Major Update

Late last night, Google released its Flipboard like competitor for Android and iOS devices, known as Currents. The Currents app from the big G will allow users to discover new content in a new magazine like UI, all at the swipe of a finger.

Websites, media houses and magazines need to make sure that they optimize their site for Google Currents. Like all other recent Google services, Google Currents in also integrated with the Google+. Sadly, the app is only available for Android users in the United States.

Below is a video of Google Currents in action-:

In other Android related news, the official Twitter app for Android also got a major update. The whole UI has been totally redesigned in this new update, and looks much better. Probably the best looking Twitter client in the Android Market right now. However, the blue bar at the top of the app does not really have any use, and is simply wasting some previous screen estate.

Twitter

The whole UI is mainly white and blue in color, which may not please all the Android owners with an AMOLED screen. The Twitter app for iOS and the web version has also been redesigned with a similar UI. The new update is already live on the Android Market, and can be downloaded from here.