AI-powered Google News app now available for iOS users

James Marshall
May 16, 2018

(G.N.S) DT.16 Google had refreshed its Google News service and brought all of its news products under it at the recently concluded annual developer conference Google I/O 2018.

Google has released its all-new version of Google News in the App Store, which comes as an update to the existing Google Play Newsstand iOS app. The latest version replaces the older Newsstand app.

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The new app now shows a smarter briefing with top five stories for users "right now" at the splash screen, along the "For You" tab. The AI that powers the app can arrange stories around subjects, and then it can group them into local events. News agencies/organisations in this section all support the Google AMP standard, which means the pages will load in quick and clean fashion without bouncing you first through a mobile browser.

"Headlines" is more of an in-depth look at the latest news, covering all the usual topics from technology and politics to entertainment and science reporting.

In an effort to work more collaboratively with publishers, a new feature due soon called "Subscribe with Google" will let outlets and websites offer subscription-based content. Users can use their Google account to avail of these offers once the feature is rolled out. This feature means users will not exclusively be served a biased selection of news, but will expose everyone to the same stories. There's also a "Full Coverage" mode, which gives you a wide selection of content around a topic like editorial and opinion pieces, tweets, videos and a timeline of events.

Second to the last is the "Favorites" section that allows users to set their preferences, sources, and even save articles to read at a later time.

Finally, the Newsstand tab lets you see a magazine-like interface for specific publications, such as CNN, Fox News, The New York Times, Reuters, and more.

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