The impressive Google Currents mobile reading app has arrived, but can’t be officially downloaded in Australia.
Google Currents competes with virtual magazine readers like Flipboard.
It packages news sources in a magazine format, giving the reader a headline, text extract and picture, if there is one attached to the post.
Google says it has worked with more than 150 publishing partners to offer full-length articles from more than 180 editions including CNET, AllThingsD, Forbes, Saveur, PBS, Huffington Post, Fast Company and more.
Content is optimized for smartphones and tablets, allowing you to intuitively navigate between words, pictures and video on large and small screens alike, even if you’re offline.
Google Currents also allows Google Reader feeds to be added, enabling any site with RSS to be viewed. You can also add public Google+ streams.
There is a self-service platform for publishers to create branded content.
Terrific, it looks good and works a treat, especially on tablets.
But as Google tends to do, the app is only available for official download in the United States.
Presumably this is because of the partnership agreements, but fortunately there is an easy solution.
Download Google Currents
Search for Google Currents APK online to find the package or visit the XDA Developers forum.
There you will be able to download the app and install it to your Android tablet or phone. iPad users will have to wait for an authorised release.
Although Google probably has legal issues with releasing products like this simultaneously around the world, it is frustrating that a global operator can’t operate globally.
An example of how users react to this discrimination can be found in comments such as: “Has someone told you guys that the Internet is global? and does not stop at the border of the United States, it would be nice if you release products same time worldwide. And do not worry we do not go to court if it doesn’t work properly, at least not in Finland!”