Dec 09 AT 5:07 PM Clark Wimberly 131 Comments

Add Android and Me to your Google Currents library


Filed under news we should’ve posted yesterday, we’re happy to announce that Android and Me is now available through Google Currents. You can find us by searching “Android and Me” or by directing your mobile browser to this link. I spent the extra day digging around inside the Currents Producer so I’ve got a few extra features to share with you.

And Me Current Edition

When you first launch Android and Me from your Currents Library, you’ll be greeted by a table of contents, cleverly titled Current Edition.

Inside Current Edition, you’ll find a large trending post along with a bunch of channels, like Latest News, Devices, Apps, Reviews, YouTube videos, Flickr photos, and tweets from @androidandme. You’ll also find custom Currents that will change frequently, like Taylor’s Posts, The 25 Days of Tegra, and Galaxy Nexus Updates. Would you like to see another author? Or some different topics? Leave us a comment below, we’ll try to use your feedback when planning our channels!

The loyal reader will notice that we’ve styled Current Edition to look a lot like its older brother, the Android and Me mobile site. We still believe that our mobile site is the best way to interact on the go and we wanted to make sure everything felt familiar. You’ll notice the header bar made the transfer, along with touches of the new ICS typeface, Roboto.

Full length articles

If you’ll notice the number of dots at the bottom of this screenshot, you can rest assured that we haven’t trimmed or limited the length of our articles inside Google Currents. We like reading the full copy as much as the next guy and wanted to make sure nothing was left out. Along with the full copy, you’ll find all the post images and videos from the posts right inside Currents.

One thing we did notice was missing, though, was user comments. At this point, there’s no way to view or add them from the app. So we’ve added in a custom “View on” button that will open the article in your browser, where you can comment and upvote to your heart’s content. Discussion has always been a cornerstone of our community here and we wanted to make sure everyone can easily jump into the fray.

Related Posts

After a bit of tinkering with the Producer markup, I was able to get a list of related posts with each article. At the end of each post, you’ll find a list of other posts that Google Currents thinks you’ll enjoy. At this point, I’m not exactly sure what the match criteria is (topic, author, date, etc) but the articles seem to be relevant so we’re rolling with it.

On that topic, we’re going to be attempting to add a lot more features soon. We wanted everyone to have a chance to subscribe to Current Edition now, even though things might continue to change. If you’ve got any ideas or if you’ve spotted another particularly sexy Current, let me know, I’m knee deep in Current code and hungry for suggestions.

Current Edition for Tablets

Not that it’s a feature of our Edition, per se, but I wanted to show you guys a screenshot on a tablet. Google Currents has full Android and iOS support, for both phones and tablets. It also syncs with your Google Account, meaning when you subscribe in one place, the content will follow you to all your other devices. I guess what I’m trying to say is that if you haven’t downloaded Google Currents yet, you’ve got some explaining to do.


Once you’ve got Currents installed, you can add us by searching “Android and Me” or by clicking this link with your mobile device. Once you’ve got us added, have a look around, take some notes, then come tell us what you think. If you’re really committed to the cause, we totally wouldn’t mind a celebratory tweet or three:

PS: For the webmasters/developers in the crowd, I wrote a longer, more technical summary of my Google Currents findings, including importing WordPress feeds, creating a custom header, and all the other stuff I’ve described here. Enjoy!

Clark is a developer living in Austin, Texas. He runs ClarkLab, a small web firm with his wife, Angie. He's a big fan of usability, standards, and clean design.

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  • jaxidian

    Cool – was trying to figure out how to do this. Thanks!! :)

    • Thomas Biard

      I hate when I see an article of something new that Android and Me reports on and I skip it, but then later they explain to how to do/use it and I feel like a fool for skipping over it and have to go back with my tail between my legs, my head hung low and learn all about it…and then love it later.

    • kimminer1

      me too….thanks

  • ben dover

    A&M was the first feed I added to currents! Love this site and the community here!

  • artesea

    Shame Currents is US only, although the great thing with Android is that you can either Root and use Market Access to spoof the market, or find the APK on somewhere like XDA.

    • stenzor

      Yeah I was going to say, I’d do it if I could use Currents.. haven’t done the workaround yet

  • ranwanimator

    It won’t install on my G1. Sad panda is sad.

    • jsweetser2

      lol as much as G1 is retro and awesome, might i suggest upgrading to a more relevant phone?

  • ajonrichards

    You better believe I’m adding AndroidAndMe to my Currents app!

  • zyphbear

    It’s looking really nice, I can’t wait to be able to read it on a tablet and browse like a magazine!
    Keep up the great work!

  • Deeds

    Already done, getting A&M easily on my phone

  • Futureboy

    Sweet! Much nicer than just pulling in the RSS feed. But I have to say, your mobile version of the site is super slick. Nicely done!

  • Kenneth Ohonba

    So what’s the difference between this and Zinio Mag?

    • jaxidian

      This is linked to your Google account and syncs to multiple devices just like gmail/contacts/etc. Perhaps some other things but I think Google also allows the website to host additional special files to make this look even nicer in the app instead of the app forcing it into its format(s).

    • jsweetser2

      It’s a Google product, that’s pretty much all that needs to be said. Sort of like a choice between a Galaxy Nexus and the Jitterbug phones. Just no comparison, but both essentially do the same thing.

  • seven2k

    You add you Google Reader feed. Just to go to “Add More” then scroll down and select “Google Reader” There you select which feeds you want. Hope this helps!

  • Donald Williams

    Nice now i can get my A&M all the time. Woo hoo. Looks good in the currents too. Thank you

  • Billy

    I did this hours ago. Still trying to get the feel for currents but it looks promising!

  • kwills88

    now if Google currents had a widget i wouldn’t need pulse and all would be right with the world

  • Rob Vermeij

    Consider it done :)

  • Sean the Electrofreak

    Alright alright you guys have convinced me to download Currents and give it a try. But it’s all your fault if I don’t like it!


  • Ironzey Lewis

    Am I the only one that doesn’t like using these reader apps? I all you get is a little bit of the article to me it seems like just using a browswer is less steps.

    • Clark Wimberly

      I prefer the browser too, but in this case we did at least give you the full article body. Enjoy the lengthy reads!

  • alxrock

    Nice! AndroidAndMe will be the first on my Currents.

  • humidity

    That’s exactly what I did yesterday!

  • bellken

    very cool, a good reason to get currents

  • Healthy

    big ups on androidandme posting full articles! these kinds of things usually suck because of publishers wanting those ad dollars.

    of course, good on you adding that view in browser link. comments (and accounts) are a huge part of this community you guys built here and we really appreciate it!

  • jsweetser2

    I can’t wait until Phandroid and some other smaller ones get on currents. I really enjoy using one app to view all the news i need. Bravo to A&Me to joining currents and nice work on the layouts. Currents will be the primary news source for me from now on.

  • Oscar Ortega

    going to put it on my phone. :)

  • ArticulateFool

    Put this on my new nexus!

    Great to see it in my list of top news!

  • Kent Burton

    so far i have added Droid-life …. now i must have my android and me…. my two fave sites for android.

  • brixred

    Yeah I checked A&M today on my phone… it’s pretty sweet how Currents sections out the page.

    TOTALLY going to start using this for my most frequented sites whilst I’m mobile 8)

  • Oskar Wismierski

    Shame Currents’s not available in the UK .. :(

  • Lewis McGeary

    Well non-US here and think I’ll just be patient for Currents. The Android and Me mobile site is pretty damn good

  • Charlesbrown79

    I love Currents. It’s so awesome and even better with AAM on it.

  • IntlGrizzly

    I really like currents, it just looks…nice

  • HoLfElDeR

    i hate when u cant install app

  • Marlon Rompis

    Just added Android and Me! :)

  • shiftylock

    Android and Me in my Google Currents library? Me gusta…. :D

  • James Conley

    awesome! sign me up ;)

  • Alex Pena

    For some reason its not showing up in me search :(

  • jefflarkin

    Nice, I was looking for a way/reason to try currents out.

  • donger

    looks promising, time to download currents.

  • khenie

    I was so sad when i first downloaded google currents yesterday… even though i found most of the website i use frequetly , i was still missing a very very VERY importat one for me , and that is android and me i visit this site on a daily basis one of my faves i am androidandmeholic lol if that makes any sense anyway i thank you for this post it helped me find you guys on currents :-)

  • Rob Schramm

    Downloaded last night. I like. I ts a nice change up reading and looks great on my tablet.

  • Tal

    I will d/l currents to my android just to be able to read u and gigaom without opening my browser. Have been reading u as my first tech site in the morning for a long time. But never thought that by using a gravatar (with real name/pic btw) instead of an account I will loose some of the chances for your 25 tegra days. Nevertheless, good job guys. Currents it is then.

  • Adryan maldonado

    Sweet cant wait to add you guys to my google currents

  • jimtravis

    Added feed, looks good on 5″ Galaxy Player. Nice touch adding in link for those of use who enjoy reading the comments. Be interesting to see how many iOS users add the feed. ;-)

  • EwanRGR

    So, this seems a bit like adding Reddit to Currents – yes, you can read stuff that way, but without the interaction it seems to be missing more than a little. Any chance you can get the guy behind Bacon Reader for Reddit to do an Android and Me app?

  • Richard Yarrell

    Congrats guys glad to see you part of Google currents. I love this application it’s a great look

  • Kaote

    Done, and been enjoying google currents. One of my new favoriteapps

  • thechad

    All set up and ready to go!

  • Fabio R

    I would love to but its US only :(

  • twospirits

    Just added it. Love the articles and discussions.

  • Osby Nowlin

    Honestly, the A&M Current page is awesome. Maybe add a section for other rumors other than the Nexus. Especially with CES around the corner.

  • Jorge Eslava

    Android and me is the first feed I have added to my currents.

  • fletchtb

    Joined the currents channel. The Android and me channel looks great! How about a tips and tricks section or a section dedicated to accessories?

  • Hall Lo

    I added the rss into currents ytd, and now theres a better edition for currents! Thanks guys for the link and i love it xD

  • jimtravis

    As indicated in post for contest, if you search Currents for androidandme (without spaces), it is difficult to determine main feed. Android and Me (with spaces), the main feed is the first result. Although I realize the correct site title is with the spaces, when a user types the URL into the address bar of their browser, it is without spaces. They may enter their Currents search without the spaces as well based on habit. I tried to clarify my Xoom contest post, but did not see an edit button at least with Chrome. Can a user edit comments posts he / she authored?

    • Clark Wimberly

      I see those, and I’m not sure exactly how to get rid of them. Currents is automatically finding those feeds, I haven’t added them myself, and I don’t want to disable them elsewhere just to avoid being crawled by Currents.

  • eioous

    Done, Done and Done

  • Marcus

    Adding you guys right now. :) this is awesome!

  • blaseb

    This is amazing! Sick!

  • Michael Karbach

    I really like that the whole article is readable in current, unlike some other sites, which only give a summary!

  • Richard Yarrell

    See what happens when you don’t launch a device properly. Verizon better get real busy..

  • smisa27

    Thank you! I like that feature now. Rather than using my Google Reader RSS feed to link. Thanks!

  • GildedFox

    I like how it looks. The large layout for browsing the articles is nice, though it can be slow if there are multiple articles to go through. Looks nice, though. Nice and clean. Related articles is nice, too.

  • goncalossilva

    Google really nailed it – the app looks and feels awesome and works very nicely.

    Added your edition, it’s great :)

    (had to use Market Enabler to install Google Currents, though)

  • phssthpok

    Looks good. I just wish Currents would let me subscribe to new feeds while reading an article.

  • kusine

    Thanks! This was a good overview. Now if only if it would sync on my phone…

  • RayMatthew


  • Suleiman ALAQEL

    Looks awesome! I’d suggest using a mechanism to recognize popular articles from less popular ones, something like the number of views or number of comments next to the publishing time.

  • honourbound68

    i like currents. just seems to take a while to sync the mags

  • ramenchef

    Currents looks great. Is there any benefit over the RSS though?

  • Tal

    Well in Canada, using Galaxy S (original model I), and its not on the market!

  • desean

    Already added on the first day and I really like it. Thanks for the technical summary too, helps me as I am trying to create an online edition for my site too :)

  • McLovin

    Can’t install Currents on Kindle Fire :( Damn you Amazon! Time to root this bitch!

  • Danny123

    Currents is a great newsreader, but it is useless without AAM’s feeds.

  • Todd Thedell

    Pretty cool, I usually keep up with you on Google Reader and follow you on twitter. Will the twitter update links now go to Current?

  • MoSDeeb

    Currents is a good looking product and I enjoy using it. The only thought I have is, why isn’t this blended with Google Reader; are they not essentially the same type of product?

  • TB

    for some reason android and me won’t load for me on currents. not having troubles with other sources

  • Jollin

    I like how the home screen looks when you first click on Android and me in your library. But when you click an article id prefer scrolling down than sliding from right to left. Also if you could have different categories that you can slide through (this can be a sliding feature in form of different tabs) like “androidandme feed” , “trending/hot topics” and such.Other than that the app looks good!

  • iamXiV92a

    Wow, this is really nice. I’ve never used my Android phone so much – thanks guys!!

  • Mannie213

    I love browsing this website on currents it’s organized so that I know where to find everything and its so much more fun than clicking buttons :D

  • laosgurllynn

    I love what AAM did with the Google Currents. Looks awesome so far and its perfect with a few extra modifications. Other than that, 9 out of 10.

  • Lee Swanson

    Done. It is added. I should also add it to Reader.

  • Tal

    Please notice: Google Currents is NOT AVAILABLE in Canada. Thus your day 10 of the 25 days of gifts (err Tegra) is mute for Canada, contrary to your thread rules.
    I really wanted Currents, and had all intentions to add Android and Me, alas this is not possible.

    • Anthropic

      For future reference search for whatever application you want plus xda apk and you will find it, I added the link to currents in another post below.

  • Jennifer

    I think it would be awesome to be able to customize your own screen with different colors and fonts. I have never seen this app before this contest prompted me to download it. It is great! Def my new go to for everything!!

  • Kausick Bag

    I would like to see more videos that’s always user-friendly. Thnx!

  • John Buckley

    Being the app hungry beast that I am…how about an app of the day??

  • mikeymop

    Runs a little slow on my Dinc when everything’s syncing. Some articles I cant expand all the way without moving too the browser. I’m stuck between this and Pulse now. Both are so nice

  • Himal Limbu


  • jdawg334

    Done-Nice app and page

  • MJM128

    I hope google adds some better reading options. I basically just want a better looking rss reader.

  • Anthropic

    For non-US residents, here is a link to the APK over at XDA.

    • MaVe_64

      Oh yeah? I’m going to check it out, thanks!

      • Anthropic

        No problem mate, when it first loads up it says check out these preset editions and there are none as they no doubt don’t have deals in place outside the US, but you can do a quick search and find quite a few :)

        • MaVe_64

          Thanks a million, it works!

  • MaVe_64

    Currents is what I’m looking for! Bummer, it’s not available in Europe!!! Sorry but that sucks big time!

  • phil a.

    Love the UI but could use a few more settings in offline reading catrgory. Would like to bookmark only certain articles as well for offline reading

  • HoLfElDeR

    I hate when some app are not availible for whole world, why are they restricting apps

  • luiscortes77

    I wish it had a read later option and put the read later articles on top of everything as a reminder.

  • huotg01

    I’m not sure it is under your control but, when within Currents, it would be better to have the possibility to zoom and do cut&paste

  • Robert Whittaker

    It’d have to go some to out-do the pulse news reader. Best on the market

  • eliander mendoza

    needs some work but it is looking pretty good so far :)

  • Alexandra Sedlack


  • PiTTDRoiD

    It is not fair that only the united states

    • Anthropic

      Read my comment with the link above mate!

  • EightBitJoker

    Is it just me or is the Current feed for A&M always late by at least 2 articles? Not sure if this is cause of the app itself.

  • evilonebuddha

    it’s very cool, really nice interface. if only nexus one had more space.

  • jimtravis

    Pulse was preloaded on several devices, but I had not used it. Installed Currents with Android and Me. I will use it to check AaM while waiting for movies to start, just have to ensure I sync for the latest before entering theater. I am an avid movie fan, and attend 200+ movies a year in the theater (that is not a typo). In many of the movie auditoriums, the cell signal is very weak, or non-existent, so the off-line ability of Currents will be a major asset in this situation.

    • phaet2112

      Pulse works OK, maybe a little bit smoother than Currents. But offline is great.

  • AndyNguyen36

    Such a time saving application, I’ve always wanted to set preferences for the articles I’m into. Now I get publications that interest me faster.

  • jenskristian

    Good job guys. Except for the long sync time, Currents looks like a keeper.

  • dcampillo

    Fantastic, but Google Currents is still not available for European people… :-(

  • lesm

    Android Market tell me about google currents
    This app is incompatible with your T-Mobile Samsung GT-I9100.

    T-Mobile Samsung GT-I9100
    {Note I use Virgin.Not T-mobile.}
    This item cannot be installed in your device’s country.


    • Robert Whittaker

      err, that’s because Virgin don’t have their own telephone network, they use other carriers’, so you might be on T-moblie (or at least that’s what it looks like).

      You’re right, it’s not available in the uk, but somebody posted a work around higher up. I’ve not tried it so don’t know if it works.

      If you’re not worried about the offline content, Check out Pulse News Reader, it’s the best around.

  • Dan Jones

    I can’t get into Currents because of it’s like of proper Google Reader integration, and difficulty in organizing feeds.

    I can’t sort feeds into folders at all, which is extremely frustrating if I want to follow a large number of feeds.

    And the lack of folders is only one of the big problems that’s preventing it from properly integrating with Google Reader: no starring and read status doesn’t sync back up to Google Reader.

    In fact, there doesn’t seem to be a simple way of automatically excluding items I’ve already read. That is extremely frustrating.

    Also, if I import a Google Reader subscription, and there already exists a Currents-enabled feed from the same publisher, it should recognize that, and offer to let me add the Currents-enabled feed instead.

    All in all, I’m extremely disappointed in Google Currents, and I can’t see myself using it at all.

  • amgala

    Wow, really nice work. Can’t wait to view it on my future tablet!

  • renn9420

    Ppl who can’t get Google Currents through the Market can try to search and download it online and side load it. I’m not saying it will work but some have said it does.

    • João Pedro Santos

      Didn’t think of that! Thanks worked flawlessly :D

  • ironick7

    I’m persuaded to download currents and added you guys. I’m glad I did currents is pretty cool. Keep up the good work.

  • Ilyse Rose

    Currents is pretty cool but all the blogs I follow on there I also have on my Google Reader feed, so it’s kind of redundant.

  • Maurizio Bonelli

    done.. it is great! :)

  • João Pedro Santos

    Damn Portugal is always behind :(
    Not available yet..

  • JamTheMan

    I really like it – especially the bright design. It is, imo, way better than the dark design in Pulse (which I still use every day for news)…

    But does anyone know if there is a way to join ones currents into one single current? So one could get a better overview of what is new? Instead of having to go through all currents, one by on?

  • crunchybutternut

    Loving Google Currents and AndroidAndMe Looks great!

  • William McNair

    I like it so far. I am sure they will refine it as time goes on.

  • richoid

    Currents is extremely user friendly, very happy to have a news tool like this.