Google Currents and Flipboard are both wonderful news apps that offer a customizable magazine-like experience, with a lot of variety, and both are available on iOS and Android devices.
You can see your Facebook and Twitter feeds on Flipboard, while on Google Currents; you can add your RSS feed and be able to read it directly on the app.
The apps look and feel quite different on Android or iOS tablets and phones; I have personally found Flipboard’s user experience smoother than Google Currents on the iPad, but it seems Google Currents is more flexible on any Android tablet, not to mention Currents needs less performance specs.
So if you have an old tablet or phone; Google Currents is definitely the app for you.
Google has a feature that gives it a competitive edge, and that feature is offline viewing. This gives users the ability to read and browse through selected pages even if they’re not connected to internet.
Flipboard’s flipping effect through pages is pretty sweet, but while it’s mainly superior on iOS devices, the same couldn’t be said for Android devices: especially when using phones, you have to flip through each news article to see a different one, while Google Currents show different topics in just 1 single page, and you just need to scroll down to see more.
It’s clear that Google Currents and Flipboard have advantages over one another, and while they have a few differences; the competition is fierce, and will undoubtedly get fiercer in the future. Flipboard have taken news readers by storm, but it seems Google Currents is rising up to the challenge, iterating and updating the app both constantly and consistently. Which app is your favorite? On which device are you using it?
If you haven’t checked out any of these news reading apps, they’re both pretty efficient at delivering news that are otherwise paid for like Forbes, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Metro UK, The Telegraph, etc…