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Google News Gets Revamped for Android and iOS

10 May, 2018, 00:32 | Author: Rafael Roberts

For Google News app users, there is a new "For You" section that will be available with a briefing of five stories that Google News organises for you.

Google News has been around for a while, and is one of the most convenient ways to keep up with what's happening around us. Users wouldn't need to go through the payment process while subscribing since Google will take care of the same, instantly, with its "Subscribe with Google" feature.

With a new focus on rich media, stories will feature text articles, images, and YouTube videos. Under Headlines you'll be able to discover an unfiltered perspective of information from around the globe. Google demoed one Full Coverage story focusing on the Puerto Rico power outage situation.

The Headlines section will show you the top stories generating the most coverage around the world. As with most of Google's products there is reinforcement learning within the app so it learns what you like and don't like and it's suggestions become better and more accurate the more you use the app.

As well as a revamp of the underlying technology, there are also changes in presentation. The appealing visual layout and the promise to put trustworthy sources and publications up front, is Google's way of ensuring that fake news does not thrive on its platform.

Full coverage is where Google News really wants to step above the competition. I'd be remiss to say that Google News is the primary way I look at my daily news.

A "Full Coverage" feature allows you to go further inside a story by reading different sources, checking out relevant tweets, and seeing what people think about that story.

Whether you want to quickly scan today's headlines, or find in-depth articles, videos and podcasts about your personal interests, Google Play Newsstand saves you time by presenting personalized suggestions just for you, powered by Google's recommendation engine.

The Newsstand tab enables you to follow and find resources you enjoy, in addition to, navigate and find new ones.

Among all the apps, only Old Man's journey app is a paid app, while all the others are free to download with in-app purchases.

Scrolling past that, you'll see more suggestions, again selected by AI. You don't have to sign up or create any new account for your subscription as Google manages everything using your Google ID. Well, one of those included the announcement of all-new Google News, which now replaces the Google Play Newsstand on mobile and desktop, and, the Google News & Weather app on mobile. Google News is now available on iOS, Android, and web across 127 countries across the globe.


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