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The New Google News: 6 Striking Changes You Should Know About

Dan Price 18-05-2018

During May 2018’s Google I/O developer conference, one of the most headline-grabbing announcements was the imminent arrival of a new Google News app.


Just a few short weeks after Google revealed its plans, the new app went live on both Android and iOS. It merges the old version of the app and the Google Newsstand app into a single user experience.

In this article, we are going to take a quick dive into some of the newest features you need to know about. Keep reading to find out more. Note: The app is identical on both Android and iOS, so this article is applicable to both platforms.

1. Local and World News Powered by AI

The big headline is the arrival of AI-powered news.

The goal of the AI is two-fold. Firstly, it wants to show you more of the news stories you care about. Secondly, it aims to improve quality by only showing you articles from trustworthy sources.

This is a big step forward. Remember, there’s no editorial team at Google News; the app is not a hand-picked, curated list of content. Instead, Google has always relied on algorithms to deliver the most pertinent content to readers.


It’s those same AI algorithms which have become even more front-and-center in the new Google News.

However, since the announcement of the new app, we’ve not known how the increased focus on AI would translate into the user experience. Now we do. Let’s have a look.

2. You Can Train the AI

The first step towards getting the most out of the new AI functionality is to tell the app about your interests. Taking the time to set up this part of the app correctly will let it start working for you in a much shorter timeframe.

To begin, open the app and tap on the Favorites tab. The section is divided into four areas: Topics, Sources, Locations, and Saved Stories. If you’ve used Newsstand in the past, the first three sections will already be pre-populated with your previous preferences.


For any of the three sections, you can add your own selections. Click on View all and manage to get started. The app will offer suggestions based on your viewing history and other topics you’ve already subscribed to.

If you don’t see your desired topic, source, or location automatically listed, you can search for it using the box at the top of the window.

When you’ve finished customizing the various sections, it’s time to move onto the other tabs and see the AI in action.


3. For You: A Personal Daily News Brief

The For You section is the default greeting screen that you’ll see every time you open the new Google News app.

At the top, the app shows your Briefing. The briefing includes five news stories that the news algorithms think will be the most relevant to you, along with a weather forecast.

The algorithms use both your interests and your location to make the decision about what to display. The five stories will change throughout the day as news developers. The stories are a mix of global headlines and local news.

As you scroll further down the page, you’ll see more personalized news stories. The page offers infinite scroll, so you will never run out of things to read.


For each story you see, you can tell Google News whether to show you more or less content in a similar vein. You can also prevent a certain publication from popping up in your feed.

To provide the app with feedback on its recommendations, tap the three vertical dots in the lower right-hand corner of the news story’s card. On the context menu, choose either Hide all stories from [publication], More stories like this, or Fewer stories like this.

Note: To unhide stories from a particular source, go to Settings > Hidden in For You and unblock the content as appropriate.

4. Headlines: Read the Top Stories of the Day

Continuing through the tabs at the bottom of the screen, we come to the Headlines link.

Unlike For You, Google News does not customize the content Headlines section to match your interests. Instead, it offers all the top stories of the day 5 Apps to Read Today's News Headlines, Quickly Whether you want to know what's going on in the world of technology or quickly swipe through headlines from around the web, the right site or app makes it easier. Read More across a number of broad categories. The stories can come from any source, even ones you’ve previously blocked.

Theoretically, the section tabs at the top of the screen should coincide with any customizations you made on the web app version of Google News.

However, the web app has been plagued with bugs since its redesign 18 months ago, and one of the features that often went awry was the customized tabs. It seems there are still issues; during my testing, the app was not picking up my preferences. Perhaps you will have better luck.

5. Full Coverage: Get the Full Story

Full Coverage is another of the app’s new features. It’s available on any story by tapping on the small multi-colored box icon in the corner of the story’s card. Tapping on the icon will take you to a dedicated page about the story in question.

The dedicated page offers readers five sections. They are Live Coverage, Top Coverage, Videos, From Twitter, and Timeline.

When using the Full Coverage feature, all users will see the same content. It is free of AI and machine learning.

One assumes the uniformity is part of Google’s intention to clamp down on fake news How to Filter Out Biased and Unreliable Sites on Google News Google News shows headlines from lots of different sources, but you might get sick of some. Here's how to see fewer articles from any site in Google News. Read More . Plans are still hazy at this stage, but we know the search giant has teamed up with First Draft and is creating a “Disinfo” lab to be used during elections and other contentious news events.

6. Newsstand: Follow the Sources You Trust

The final tab forms Newsstand’s new home. In case you’re not aware, Newsstand lets you subscribe to your favorite magazines Top 5 Best Android Apps For Reading Magazines For reading magazines on your Android tablet or phone, you will want these apps. Read More and download them onto your device. Most of the subscriptions require a monthly fee.

When choosing a subscription, you can pay using your existing payment details that Google has on file. It’s part of the broader rollout of Subscribe with Google. The service will allow you to subscribe and pay for content directly from a publisher’s website using your Google payment details.

Partners already include The Financial Times, The New York Times, Mexico’s Reforma, Italy’s La Repubblica, The Telegraph, USA Today, and The Washington Post.

Is This the Next News Revolution?

When Google News came out of beta in January 2006, it changed the way we consumed news forever. Publishers and content creators were falling over themselves to get listed in the index, and more and more readers started heading straight to the app to get their daily fix of current affairs.

Since those early days, online news’ public image has taken a battering. Too many dubious sources and the outbreak of the fake news crisis What Is Fake News and How Does It Spread So Quickly? Fake news is plaguing the internet and the worst part is that most people can't recognize it when they see it. Read More has eroded the public’s trust in what they read online.

But maybe the new Google News and its AI-powered algorithms offers the perfect remedy. There’s a chance that it will change the news landscape in the same way that its predecessor did all those years ago.

And remember, if Google News still isn’t right for you, there are lots of other reputable news sites and sources 12 Best News Sites You Can Trust Want the best news sites around? This list of top-ranked news sites kill fake news stories and publish credible content. Read More out there. You just need to know where to look.

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  1. John
    August 17, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    There is no such thing as 'fake news'. That's a term being used by the ruling elite to dismiss a narrative that doesn't fit theirs.

    So now my Google news search results are full of entries from Fox News et al.

    How is that a good thing?

    It's clear what's going on. The establishment is stifling free speech and dissent. Soon we will live in an echo chamber controlled solely by our politicians and our ruling elite. An echo chamber enabled by apologists.

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  5. Edison Battery
    June 2, 2018 at 7:43 am

    Sports are for Idiots! Can't remove sports -- guess ill remove google.

  6. Edison Battery
    June 2, 2018 at 7:42 am

    Google News forces me to see SPORTS!! friggin Sports!!?!?!?? I Hate Sports and shouldn't be forced to even acknowledge the "section for idiots".

  7. Charley
    May 31, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Trustworthy news sources? Only the ones Google approves of

  8. Cameron
    May 31, 2018 at 5:52 am

    It's horrible. My topic preferences are gone, and I can't find any way to restore them. Someone please show me how to get the aggregator format and controls of five years ago.

  9. nil
    May 30, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    I'm very disappointed in the new format. Google news has always been my main source for news. Now I can't find the news I am interested in, and I can't remove the news categories I have no interest in. It's pretty bad. I hope they will do something about it.

  10. Neil
    May 28, 2018 at 9:37 am

    Apologies to you guys on the other side of the pond but this new version of the app is very biased towards the USA and our very good friand Donald Trump Which is of limited value if you live in Europe.

    If you want to read USA, Europe and rest of the world news in details with no ads can I suggest you look at the Reuters app

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  13. Travelinman
    May 26, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    Until today, I had Google News open as one of my start-up pages. The is no option to add the sources I used to have, there were many and now only 3 of them appear. There is no way to customize this now. I don't want to see anything related to entertainment, yet I can not remove this from the left-hand list. My complaints go on an on. I've deleted Google News from my start-up tabs and will find some other customizable news source.

  14. Richard Lovell
    May 25, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    I've been using Goole new as my go to customized news page for ever. One of the best news aggregators ever. Loved it. Now the the dumb goons in silicone valley have changed it and its it dumb. AI sure is not working for me. I don't want new from a bunch of idiots in Hollywood. I'm not interested in Health. I am interested in news about Donald, Cyber Security and Formula One but I can no longer pick the topics. I'm off to Flipboard.

  15. Jim Hanson
    May 23, 2018 at 12:47 am

    the new google news does NOT show me stories i am interested in. it has deleted many stories that i AM interested in. they were easy to view in the previous google news. the new one is just shockingly bad. bad bad bad move google.

  16. DontbeEvil LOL
    May 22, 2018 at 11:29 am

    Changes are absolute garbage! Using another site from now!

  17. E
    May 21, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    While google tends to make terrible UI updates every few years, google news has undergone some of the worst changes of all their apps/services and this last is the one that finally made me take google news off my home page, and remove the quick link on my phone.

    It is absolutely terrible. All my "watched" subjects are basically gone, there's news from sources and on topics I have no interest in. And despite having options to remove sources, they still exist and I keep getting fed articles from news media companies I don't want to read stuff from.

    Visually, I can barely read it anymore on my iphone 8 plus, the font is thin and tiny for my 45 year old web developer eyes. There's no subject headers anymore, or at least they might be there but barey visible.

    It just sucks. Plain and simple.

    • Jeffrey Roughgarden
      June 26, 2018 at 12:34 am

      It just sucks. Plain and simple.

  18. Paul H.
    May 20, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    The new Google News format sucks.

    The old GN worked just fine: It allowed me to set up the news sections I wanted to see and not display the sections I deemed irrelevant to my interests. For example, I don't want to even see the selections "Entertainment" and "Sports", yet there is now apparently no way to remove them from sight. And I liked my "favorites" (as my added sections are now termed) displayed in the same customizable, visual hierarchy as every other section. Artificial Intelligence is not needed where human intelligence suffices and your AI has turned a stable, sleek news aggregator into a hokey-looking, Facebook wannabe. Gee, thanks.

    Not all of us want to join the legions of Cheetos-eating, icon- and emoji- obsessed morons who shriek at the sight of a three-syllable word and who have to have miniature pictures presented to them before the faint glimmering of understanding begins to coalesce in what passes for their brains.

  19. Mark Tristan R. Ocampo
    May 20, 2018 at 11:11 am

    Is this also somewhat Google's replacement to Reader?

    Feedly anyone?

  20. shadowchb
    May 20, 2018 at 6:13 am

    Now besides having stories 'picked for me' by some 'artificial intelligence' (and remember, the existence of artificial intelligence implies the existence of 'artificial stupidity'), I have to wade through stories sections I have no interest in without the ability to kill a section completely. As far as I can tell, I have to go through each story individually for Lord knows how many times to tell the Google artificial stupidity to send me 'fewer stories' on Kim Kardashian before eliminating just one topic in Entertainment, which topic I have absolutely no interest in seeing stories about in the first place! I have to click on Saved Searches to see articles I normally saw on my main page because I can't add those searches to my news feed like I could under the old Personalization scheme. I guess Google figures all users want to see the same pablum as news, so they can have their AI grind it down and serve it with a helping of ads to bolster their bottom line revenue. I say fie upon you Google!

  21. dragonmouth
    May 20, 2018 at 1:46 am

    Trust Google??? Surely you jest! Not in a million years.

  22. PeteC
    May 19, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    I hate it.
    It means I have to waste my time to learn how do do something that I have been doing very well for many months.
    Besides it brought back menu items I had removed (entertainment, sports).
    And the menu bar for selecting categories jumps around so much I selected entertainment more then once when I wanted science. Now the stupid AI thinks I want entertainment.
    Stupid software weenies! I used to have a sign in my office, "There comes a time in the history of a project when it is necessary to shoot the engineers and start production". Google missed their chance.