After recently releasing Media Tools to help journalists do a better job, Google is now looking inward and changing its popular Google News to be a better experience on mobile phones. While it’s not an app, the change in the Google News website (news.google.com) will be first hitting Android and iOS devices, accessible through Chrome or Safari browsers.
The new Google News for mobile borrows from Android’s cards-based look and presents each news story as a separate ‘card’. You can also opt for larger “story cards” with more information per story through the Settings menu. Additionally, the web app now lets you change how it looks, switching between light and dark themes and choosing the size of the font to make it easier to read.
Google News has offered sections for a long time and it’s finally making that easier to use on mobile. Tap the Google News icon in the top-left corner and you will see a full list of the available sections as well as custom ones. It takes just 5 steps to create custom sections and it’s a great way to personalise your Google News.
Some of the other desktop features have made it to the mobile app. The ‘Local’ section now includes a weather gadget to quickly check the weather, and the popular ‘Editor’s Picks’ option is now included on mobile.
And as with all Google updates these days, the company is pushing its Google+ service into Google News, including social posts related to a story in the article cluster. The recent integration of YouTube and Google+ hasn’t gone down well, so it’ll be interesting to see how this move turns out.
The new Google News for mobile is available only for US users, who have to visit news.google.com from Chrome or Safari on their Android or iOS device. Google will soon be expanding the reach of this service.
Source: Google News Blog