Google News has received a significant AI-themed makeover that will help it more intelligently find and push targeted news to its users.
It brings together all of Google’s news products, such as Google Play Newsstand and Google News & Weather, into one place to make it easier to find stories that are of interest to you.
Update (15/05/2018): The new Google News app is now available to download on both iOS and Android. To get it, head into your mobile’s app store of choice and download the new software. If you already had the Google Newsstand app installed, then the new Google News will be available as an update. Read on for everything that’s coming with the new update.
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The new version of News has been built using Google’s unifying Material Design language, and it places a much heavier emphasis on images and YouTube videos. The firm says it’s also lighter and easier to navigate.
Crucially, however, it’s designed to be completely tailored to you. Google says it will use AI to not only surface stories that you’re interested in, but ensure you see only relevant and high-quality content.
The ‘For You’ section displays a briefing of five stories that Google News has automatically organised for you, based on topics you’re interested in.
There’s also new Snapchat Stories-style Newscasts, which you can swipe through for key details and snippets before you actually open an article.
For more long-term stories, such as the on-going situation in hurricane-hit Puerto Rico, Google News now displays ‘Full Coverage’ – a Timeline of key moments including news stories, tweets, videos, local reports, FAQs and opinion pieces, all picked by AI. What’s more, Full Coverage will show everyone the same content.
The new version of Google News is available to everyone now. It replaces Google Play Newsstand on mobile and desktop, and the Google News & Weather app on mobile.
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