Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
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The new Google News lands on the App Store

The new Google News lands on the App Store

The app was announced at Google's 2018 IO conference, and is now live for iOS and Android.

Google's overhauled News app is now available on the App Store.

The app divides everything into four sections, with the first one being "For You", which is the top 5 reports the artificial intelligence determines to be of value to the user.

The default "For You" page in Google News is where you'll likely spend most of your time. Unlike the considerably more limited availability of Apple News, which remains available only in the U.S., U.K., and Australia, Google has rolled out its new Google News app to 127 countries worldwide, replacing both the Google Play Newsstand and Google News & Weather apps with a single, unified app. For You houses a collection of national and local stories Google thinks you'll be interested in based on your location and interests, and to help tailor this experience as much to your liking as possible, you'll want to make sure you let Google News know which topics/sources you're the most interested in.

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.

The new Google News lands on the App Store

"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.

Each section curates news from around the web and various publications, giving you the option to read or listen to the news source (s) of your choice. As Google says, "it's an unpersonalized view of events from a range of trusted news sources". Unlike Apple News, Google News pulls in tweets about stories, which are often a good way to learn about news as it breaks.

Google has a lot of work to do if it wants to make it the most efficient and useful way to get up to speed on world events.

"Favourites" is a way for users to customise Google News without the use of AI. Subscribers will be able to access their magazines on all devices using Google News, Google Search and the publisher's website.

Google News and Weather seems to be sticking around for the time being, but we wouldn't be surprised if it's deprecated some time in the future, or tuned into an app exclusively for weather.

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