At its recently concluded I/O event, Google had teased a new Google News app powered by AI, and today that app has been released for iOS users across 127 countries. The redesigned app replaces the previous Google Play Newsstand app.
This content is restricted to site members. The AI that powers the app can arrange stories around subjects, and then it can group them into local events.
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.
On opening the app, the users will find a "For You" section that has been created to provide the top five news of the moment followed by a tailor-made section that will provide longer news articles. This feature means users will not exclusively be served a biased selection of news, but will expose everyone to the same stories. Also, the app will learn from your habits, and serve you with better news selection over time.
Heading over to the next section, there's a "Headlines" section, where it has sections categorised like latest, India, World, Business, Entertainment and sports, which is very much identical to the older Google News app. When a "Full Coverage" link appears, users can tap it and see more sources on a particular story, including prominent social media links and more. Publications featured here will support the Google AMP standard, meaning pages will load swiftly and you won't be jumping from the app to your browser.
In the "Favorites" tab you can add specific topics, sources, and locations that you're interested in.
Lastly, there's Newsstand, this is a section where a user can subscribe to other media publications on a monthly or yearly based subscription.
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.
Finally, under Newsstand, you'll find content sorted by source or topic.