Last week’s Google I/O developer conference saw an active expansion of Google’s application base. New applications for both Google Play store and Apple App Stores were launched. Existing apps saw upgrades, beta versions became stable and optional applications were elevated to the status of bundled apps. Google Currents falls into the last category. Along with Google Chrome, now even Google Currents will come as a pre installed application on Android Version 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Google Currents will ship with the Nexus 7 as a pre installed application when it will be available to consumers. Google Currents will also be included in the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OTA. This means, when the Ice Cream Sandwich running devices Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone, Nexus S and Motorola Xoom tablet, will be updated to the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean ,they will receive the same set of pre installed apps as the Google Nexus 7 tablet, including Google Currents. All future devices upgrading to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will also have Google Currents.
According to Android Central, Google is said to have sent an email to Google Currents content partners saying, “that Currents’ user base is set to increase significantly as it goes from an optional app on the Play Store to a part of the core collection of Google “
Google Currents is a magazine style, news feed and social media accumulator application with popular publications such as “Forbes, The Guardian, TechCrunch, PBS, Saveur, Popular Science, ABC, 500px, Fast Company, Scientific American, CBS, The Atlantic” and many more, providing contents in the form of articles, blogs, videos, photos, maps and social media streams. Content is neatly divided into categories such as sports, entertainment, science and so on and is updated regularly. Some of Google Currents’ competitors are Flipboard, Pulse, The Early Edition, Editions, News.me and Zite Feedly, which also provide similiar services through their apps.