From Currents to Google Play Newsstand and the spirit of Google Reader
0. phoneArena 24 Nov 2013, 10:18 posted on
Back when Google Reader was in the midst of its death rattle, I assumed that Google wasn't going to completely abandon the news aggregation game, and that seems to be true. Unfortunately for those who were in love with Google Reader, there isn't yet a Google option that will allow you to easily move over your Reader world, but it does look like Google Play Newsstand is the spiritual successor to Google Reader...
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1. iyngr (Posts: 72; Member since: 14 Jul 2013)
Well after placing the Widget 5*4 It won't Load up anything Just Blank.
But anyways worth the wait after its Reader shutdown and Combining Reader, Currents and Magz & News into one app.
2. Augustine (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
The problem with both Currents and Newsstand is that, unlike Reader, control has been given to the content providers. The beauty of the Internet is the diversity in news sources, breaking the monopoly of the big conglomerates. From small non-mainstream media outlets to individuals, the quality and originality of news puts the mainstream to shame for what it is: a shill of the powerful. Feeds readers allow one to follow such sources conveniently. That Google prefers to establish a platform that favors media corporations over independent outlets is a shame.
3. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2700; Member since: 26 May 2011)
I don't really agree that Newsstand or Currents give power to big conglomerates. Sure, Newsstand offers subscriptions from sources like WSJ or NYT, but you can still get all of those same small non-mainstream sources from around the web as well. Both still support RSS, so smaller sources don't miss out on anything.
And, the Play Store is the great equalizer. Just like smaller development studios can make it big in the Play Store, and it isn't just dominated by the big conglomerates, the same should happen with content providers.
4. FYoung (Posts: 42; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)
Is there a customizable news aggregator that operates on both Windows Vista and Android and synchronizes between them?
Because of its cheaper data and larger screen, I would much rather read my news on a desktop and use the phone only to kill time when I don't have access to the desktop.
6. hassoups (Posts: 471; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)
if you use google chrome, you can add the feedly extension, it synchronizes perfectly with the app!
8. bagou01 (Posts: 22; Member since: 20 Nov 2013)
Why are both still present on th phone, if newstand is supposed to replace currents ? i had to disable currents myself...