Google Currents is now history
We all say ‘Goodbye’ to Google Currents
Well, as people say “It was well while it lasted.” It is time to say ‘Goodbye’ to Google Currents. The app did not really gain a lot of traction from the beginning and given the fact that there are a lot of apps that resemble and are even better than Google Currents we can surely say that its competition certainly made it really hard for it to exist at all. Flipboard, for example, could easily deliver the same if not better service than Currents. Not to mention that Flipboard has far more support.
The time when it was clear that Currents was to leave the scene was when Google introduced Play Newsstand. Now Currents is officially dead – as dead as an app can be. If you now launch the app, you would find out that it shows you a screen, which reads that now Play Newsstand has replaced Currents. You are also given a link to launch the Newsstand app. All other functionality has been stripped out of the app.
Even more curious is that the app cleans up after itself. When you start the updated app and tap through to Newsstand, Currents will start clearing all its app data and start disabling itself. The update virtually drops the storage footprint of the app from 5.4MB (plus news data) to just 860KB, it will not be a huge burden on your device even if you don’t fully uninstall it.
This is all both good and bad because the app was not so bad and there are still users that may be using it. For them there is a solution for now but it may be more of a temporary thing. Still it is better than nothing. If you truly are Currents fan you can download the old version of the app which currently still works but we cannot guarantee for how long and whether Google is going to keep it that way.