AI-powered Google News app now available on iOS App Store

Wednesday, 16 May, 2018

Google announced new changes coming to Google News at its recent I/O developer conference, noting the new app would come with a brand new redesign, for an improved reading experience.

To get a detailed idea of what Google News offers, iOS users can check out a replay of the 2018 I/O keynote presentation. When you open the app, you'll see a customised ' For You' tab that will quickly give you the top five stories "of the moment" along with a preference-based selection of opinion articles and other longer news items of interest below it. ' Headlines'- the next Google News section will give you a more compendious view of the current news spanning across various news segments, including global, sports, technology among others.

Further, the app showcases "Favourites" section, where a user can select prefered news sources, topics which the user is interested in, location-based news, can save news searches and stories (which can be read later).

Google launched its News app on the iOS app store to replace the older Play Newsstand app. This feature means users will not exclusively be served a biased selection of news, but will expose everyone to the same stories. A useful option allows you to save your searches and stories for later. Google said last week that it plans to offer over 1,0000 magazine titles you can follow by tapping a star icon or subscribing to. The effort is also to make it more supportive of media publications. Publications featured here will support the Google AMP standard, meaning pages will load swiftly and you won't be jumping from the app to your browser.

The dramatic redesign of the News app may lured people away from the popular Apple version, but time is needed to gauge the general reaction to the new offering. "At its core, this technology lets us synthesise information and put it together in a way that helps you make sense of what's happening, and what the impact or reaction has been".

Android version of the app is already out for Google's platform.