The new Google News app is now widely available

Posted May 17, 2018

Google replaces its Play Newsstand app on iOS with its reworked AI-powered News app.

The new Google News app - which replaces Google's former Play Newsstand app - appears to borrow some of its UI concepts from Apple News; for example, a new "Your briefing" section provides an overview of user-tailored content in one place, mixing headlines, local news, and breaking developments on a focused set of topics. We gave the new app a spin to find out if it has a shot at being the most effective way to read the news. 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. At its recent Google I/O conference, the company promised that the app would make heavy use of machine learning and AI to deliver news from a variety of different news sources and would give its users the full picture of a story rather than just relying on a single viewpoint. The redesigned app also comes with a cleaner look than before. The next section called "Headlines" offers a mix of latest news from sections such as India, World, Business and Sports among others. It can also put together a timeline so you can see how events have unfolded so far. This helps you quickly get up to date about a particular story. It can also learn from topics and sources that you mark as favorites, and searches you perform.

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As someone who used Newsstand all of twice, I can tell you that I've been using Google News pretty regularly since updating to it. Note that to use the iOS version, you'll first need to install Google Chrome.

Yes, in some ways.

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There is a downside, though: unlike Apple News, Google News takes stories directly from the publisher's website, including any ads on the original page.

"This approach means Google News understands the people, places and things involved in a story as it evolves, and connects how they relate to one another".

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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.