Google+ is now dead as Google Currents for G Suite takes over with apps for iOS and Android
It’s been a while since Google+ was in tech headlines, but today may be the last time we’ll be hearing of the service. In 2018, Google announced the failed social network would be shutting down for consumers after a data breach was disclosed, and the company made good on that promise in early 2019. However, the service was kept alive in the form of “Currents” for enterprise customers, which now has Android and iOS apps.
Google has rebranded the old Google+ apps for Android and iOS under the new “Currents” name. The Currents rebrand started back in April of 2019 when Google+ was shut down for consumers. Unsurprisingly, it’s not the first Google product with the “Currents” name. The service is essentially the same social network as before, but it’s for enterprise customers only. It’s common for businesses to have internal communication platforms, and Currents can fill that need for businesses without their own platforms.
The Currents app itself is very similar to the Google+ app it replaces. The UI is mostly unchanged, and many of Google+’s features are still present. There are a few new business-y features for content moderation and administrative privileges. The app is currently being bombarded by 1-star reviews of people not happy about a sudden rebrand to an app that has been useless for over a year. If your employer uses Google Currents, be sure to download the Android or iOS app.