08 August 2018
Google has launched a completely revamped and redesigned Google News application during the Google I/O 2018 keynote. The newly announced application is powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies to help users get relevant news. It will further make it possible for users to understand what exactly is happening around a particular topic and what has been its impact so far.
This new Google News app will be replacing the Google Play Newsstand app on the Play Store. The new app has a "For You" section which is basically a collection of news stories based on your preferences. It will include briefing section where you will find top five stories which Google believes you would like to read first. These curated stories will comprise headlines, local news, and your preferred topics. In other words, it is a quick way of getting you started with what's been happening around you and the world
There will also option to choose whether you like or dislike a particular news or a particular news provider. Such usage behavior will allow the app to make better and more accurate predictions in the future. This is similar to other AI-powered apps and services as they get better as more and more a user keeps using them.
With the newer Google News release, you will get a new feature called Newscasts. This is a visual-heavy feature where you will get a collection of articles, quotes, and videos related to a particular topic. You will be able to understand what is going on around a topic by simply having a quick look from a single place.
If you want to know more about any topic, you can make use of the Full Coverage feature. This comprises of articles around that topic from different sources to see what everyone is reporting about it. Google says this is not a personalized feature and everything included in it will be same for everyone. Lastly, the app continues to have a library of magazines and newspapers which you can choose to browse and read the ones you like. It goes without saying that some of them will be free and others will be paid.
The all-new Google News app has started to roll out around the world. It is expected to become available to every single user on the web, Android, and iOS by the end of the next week.