|By Le Williams | 2 years ago|
Last week, Google Inc. disclosed at its I/O developer conference that the revamped, artificial intelligence-powered Google News would be arriving on Apple’s App Store within the next seven days, with evidence of the launch as the new Google News went live on iOS this afternoon and replaced the old Google Play Newsstand app.
The new Google News on iOS is centered around using machine learning to train algorithms to sort through complex, fast-breaking news stories and condense data into more comprehensible formats, such as chronological timelines, local news aggregation, and stories presented in a developing and evolving sequence.
The app is now organized into four sections. The first is a “For You” personalized list of the top five stories Google’s software discerns the user will want to read alongside a few other algorithmically chosen articles and local news stories. The next section is simply labeled “Headlines,” and it is a mix of the latest news across sections like, “U.S.,” “World,” “Business,” and “Tech.” Users can also use this section to see Google’s new Full Coverage feature that breaks down more complex stories into a series of articles from a variety of sources alongside social media posts from Twitter and YouTube.
A favorites section is now available for starring topics across news and entertainment. The section is also good for selecting a user’s preferred news sources, saving stories for Pocket-style reading later, and saving location and text-based searches for future acquirement.
The last section, Newsstand, is a new addition to this version of Google News that allows users to subscribe to news organizations that either offer a monthly subscription for web/print access or charge a monthly fee to bypass a web paywall. Selecting individual media organizations opens up a new splashy page for each one that organizes a source’s stories into site-specific coverage areas.
Organizations found in Newsstand all support the Google AMP standard, meaning the pages will load in quick and clean fashion without moving the user first through a mobile browser.