Google Currents to be part of Jelly Bean OTA for Nexus devices

As you'll know if you've been following our Google I/O coverage, Google Currents will ship on the Nexus 7 tablet when it launches next month. But now it's been revealed that Google's digital magazine app will also be part of the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OTA that'll be sent to ICS-running Nexus devices around the same time. An email sent to currents partners today indicate that Currents' user base is set to increase significantly as it goes from an optional app on the Play Store to a part of the core collection of Google apps. As such, we'd also expect to see Currents shipping out on future Google-certified Jelly Bean devices, as it becomes a more established member of the Google apps family.

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Alex Dobie
Executive Editor

Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.

  • I don't care who makes an app...if it walks like bloatware and acts like's bloatware. I personally convert all system apps to user apps downloaded via the Play Store. I like Currents, I use Currents, I just hate being told I can't uninstall an app that's available in the Play Store.
  • Jelly Bean OTA..... Nexus devices... (looking down on my Nexus One ...)
  • I really like Currents interface, but the app never syncs all of the latest articles. It is always some hours behind.
  • I like currents but also find it to be behind in syncs compared to other similar type apps. Hopefully it keeps getting better.
  • I don't like having apps forced on me. Not even Google apps. -Suntan
  • I feel you
  • So Jellybean for Nexus S 4G? If so Great.
  • Yes. We should receive the update at the end of July, beginning August. The GNex and Nexus S will get it first. I also have a Nexus S 4G and I can't wait for Jellybean.
  • I'm not one to be picky but...what's up with the new Currents icon? It's really plain looking now that they've taken away all the Google colors. There was nothing wrong with the old one (other than, maybe, it looks a tiny bit like the Chrome icon?).
  • This is by far one of my most cherished apps on my GNex. I really don't get what all the fuss is about, with flipboard. Currents has that beat by miles and miles. I don't really experience any delay in syncs, you can always manually refresh it.
  • This app need to have a widget.
  • Honestly, I'm liking Pulse more.....
  • I'm kind of with you... I actually use gReader more just because of the capability to switch between the feed and the web within the app itself.
  • Time for a Currents widget, so those who do use currents can display it's lovlies on a home screen.