Google Expands Currents' Availability, Language Support
Google today increased the availability of its Google Currents application. Currents is a news ereader that can collect information from a wide variety of news sources in a fashion similar to Flipboard and Pulse. Google Currents version 1.1 is available around the world, as are a greater variety of news sources from around the world. Google says that readers can also choose to automatically have content that's published in other languages translated to one of 38 supported languages. Last, the application will now automatically sync content in the background rather than when users open and use the app. Google Currents 1.1 is available in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. It is free.
Google Testing 3rd-Party Email Access in iOS Gmail App
Google is allowing people to use their non-Gmail email service within the Gmail app for iOS. Apple's own iOS email app and Microsoft's Outlook email app both already support multiple email services, as does Gmail on Android handsets.
Google News to Highlight Local Sources
Google has updated its Google News product across all platforms with improved visibility of locally-sourced stories. The local source tag in Google News highlights local news outlets that have covered large, national news stories.
Google Expands Cardboard Availability
Google today made its Cardboard app available to more countries and more languages. Google says the app can be used across 39 languages in more than 100 countries around the world.
Google Overhauls Its News Reader App, Brings It to the Web
Google today announced a wholly refreshed version of Google Play Newsstand that reimagines the newsreader and expands its availability beyond smartphones and tablets. To start, Google is relying on machine learning to make more personalized recommendations for readers.