The AI-powered Google News offers better personalization and news sources you can trust
Six weeks after announcing how it’s going to fight misinformation and offered new tools to help publishers, Google has today (May 8, U.S. time) unveiled the all-new, consumer-facing Google News. Powered by a brand new set of AI/ML techniques that “synthesizes and organizes” information in real time, Google News will eventually replace Google Play Newsstand on mobile and desktop and the Google News & Weather app on mobile.
Sporting Google’s Material Design, the new Google News experience starts in the For You section, which gives you a daily briefing with five top stories from the get-go. The first two are important global happenings that Google thinks you should know, followed by three local news. Scroll further down and you'll get the latest developments on the topics you’ve shown interest in. As this is a personalized list, the more you use the app, the better it gets. There are controls that you can use to tell the app if you want to see more or less of a topic or publisher.
Next to For You is Headlines, which presents you an unfiltered view of global news. There are additional sections you can dive in to get more news on specific topics, such as technology, business, sports, and entertainment.
Google has also built out a new visual format called newscasts. Powered by advancements in natural language understanding, think of a newscast as a preview to a story, with some basics from various sources (can be articles, videos, and quotes). If you’re enticed, you can dig in to learn more about that particular topic.
According to Google, the hero feature of Google News is Full Coverage, which offers a deep dive into a specific story. This unfiltered, non-personalized list attempts to paint a complete picture of how that story is reported from a variety of sources. You can see top headlines from different sources, videos, local news reports, FAQs, tweets, analyses, fact checks, and even a timeline for stories that have played out over time.
Finally, there’s the Newsstand section, the new home of Google Play Newsstand. Here’s essentially where you find and follow publishers. You can also access more than 1,000 magazine titles in a mobile-optimized reading format. If you wish to subscribe to a particular title, you can quickly do so in-app using the new Subscribe with Google platform. This can be as simple as a 1-click process if you’ve a Google account and have your credit card details on file. With Subscribe with Google, you’ll get access to your paid content not just on Google News, but also on Google Search, the publishers’ own websites, and across all platforms and devices. Over 60 publishers around the world have signed up to the Subscribe with Google platform.
Google is rolling out the new Google News starting today, and it will be available to everyone on Android, iOS, and the web in 127 countries by next week. You can read more about the announcement here.