I’ve been using iGoogle as my browser home page and feed reader of choice for several years. iGoogle has been ideal for subscribing to my favourite blogs, organising my web reading list and ensuring I don’t miss any newly published content relevant to me and my business.
Why are Google closing the iGoogle service?
Google recently announced that they were closing down this service after 1st November 2013 (the mobile edition already closed in July 2012). The reason Google give for this is that the landscape has changed since they launched the product in 2005, and that it has become surpassed by other apps.
Is there an alternative to iGoogle?
I spent a bit of time looking around for something to replace iGoogle and came across another product – Google Currents. At the moment, Currents is available on Android phones and tablets, but not on desktop computers. I hope this changes soon, as Currents works well on my Android tablet and Samsung Galaxy phone.
Google Currents look great, and presents your subscribed content in a way that makes it more appealing to read. The ‘home’ view shows a screen split in two, with a large image slider showing in the left-hand pane showing the images associated with recent posts, whilst in the right-hand pane you have a table view of the thumbnails associated with the content you are subscribed to. Clicking on the left-hand slider image opens a specific post, whilst clicking on any of the thumbnails in the right-hand pane displays all the most recent posts from that content source (e.g. blog).
As well as being able to specify the blog feeds you want to subscribe to, Google Currents also suggests good sources from a list of various categories (e.g. News, Sport, Business etc.).
All in all it’s a really cool product, and of course it’s free. It’s a shame it is not yet available on desktop computers, but perhaps it won’t be long before there is at least a Chrome version. You can get Currents for Android at Google Play.
What do you use to keep up to date with your favourite news and blog feeds? Let us know by adding a comment below.