Google has submitted a major update to Google News at the Google I/O 2018. News app is enriched by the support of Artificial Intelligence to improve the user experience. The new update of the application uses the AI to aggregate content deemed interesting to the user within the Newscast function, which draws news from various sources.
Newscasts is the latest developments in natural language understanding bring together a collection of articles, videos, and quotes on a single topic. Newscasts make it easy to browse through different sources to decide if you want to look further into a story.
“Google News now understands the people, places, and things involved in a story as it evolves, and connects how they relate to one another,” says Google. This lets Google synthesize information and put it together in a way that helps users make sense of what’s happening, and what the impact or reaction has been.
For Google News app users, there is a new ‘For You’ section that will be available with a briefing of five stories that Google News organizes for you. It will be a mix of the most important headlines, local news, and the latest developments on the topics you are interested in. Also, you can decide if you want to see more or less of a topic or publisher.
In order to improve the understanding of the content covered in a news, Google introduces the Full Coverage function, able to present a complete list of news covering the same story from different points of view. “Having a productive conversation or debate requires everyone to have access to the same information. That’s why content in Full Coverage is the same for everyone—it’s a personalized view of events from a range of trusted news sources,” says Google.
Now, Google Play Newsstand on mobile and desktop and Google News & Weather app on mobile are now formally folded into Google News. A dedicated tab for Newsstand will show you publishers to browse and follow, including over 1,000 magazine titles that are optimized for the mobile format. The important update also regarding the appearance, thanks to the introduction of the Material Design.
The new version of Google News will be available starting from today on Android in 127 countries and from next week on iOS and the Web.