Google introduced new app as a replacement of Google+

Donna Miller
April 13, 2019

The name Google Currents is not new for hardcore Google fans, as the company launched the News Magazine app with the same name back in 2011.

Google today announced at its Cloud Next 2019 conference that Google+, the ill-fated social media network that never seemed to take off, has been re-branded as Google Currents for G Suite customers. Google also adds all the existing content of Google+ will automatically get transferred to Currents once the user enrolls for the beta.

Last year, Google Calendar became the latest of Google's growing lists of apps to welcome the new Material interface. While Gmail had chat integrated, Hangout Chat is G Suite's more robust Slack alternative, and users will be able to access it from their desktops.

The program is launching in beta, and G Suite companies can now request access. Connected Sheets is also being released in beta.

As per 9to5Google, when users sign in to Google Calendar and switch to a work account, Google Assistant will answer questions like when and where their next meeting is. Voice also features artificial intelligence capabilities that can help to transcribe voicemail messages and block spam calls. Google still has the code and is resurrecting the service into Google Currents.

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Since Google Currents is a tool primarily designed for companies, do not expect the arrival of a consumer version.

The final updates are focused on helping businesses to be more transparent while securing their data in G Suite.

You could nearly say it's a new version of Google+ with a coating of the new Material Design.

Sounds just lovely. The revamped app has a familiar feel to it - the material design is nearly identical but with a bit less red and "Currents" replacing 'Google+' as a logo.

Google is also giving G Suite users more options on where to back up their data, so companies can choose whether it should be stored in the US or Europe.

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