Last week Google said at its I/O developer conference that the redesigned, artificial intelligence-powered Google News will be soon available on Apple’s App Store sometime in the next seven days. The time seems to have come now, as the new Google news has gone live on iOS today afternoon and substituted the decrepit Google Play Newsstand app. In the event, the already-live Android version on the Play Store is been shown.
The new Google News on iOS is same as the Android one. It centers around using machine learning to train algorithms to comb through complex, fast-breaking news stories and break them down in easy to understand formats like chronological timelines, local news aggregation, and stories presented in a developing and evolving sequence.
The app is now divided into four segments. First one is a “For You” personalized list of top five stories Google’s software thinks that the user will want to read beside a few other algorithmically chosen articles and local news stories. Next one is simply labeled as “Headlines” and is a mix of the latest news across sections like, “U.S.”, “World”, “Business”, and “Tech”. One can also use this section to see Google’s new Full Coverage feature that breaks down more complex stories into a series of articles from a variety of sources besides social media posts from Twitter and
A favorites section has now come up for starring topics like entertainment, news, and academia. This segment is also good for selecting one’s preferred news sources, saving stories for Pocket-style reading later, and saving location and text-based searches for looking up later.
The last segment is a new addition to this version of Google News called Newsstand. It lets the user subscribe to news organizations that either offer a monthly subscription for web/print access or charge a monthly fee to bypass a web paywall. A new splashy page opens up for each one that organizes a source’s stories into site-specific coverage areas while selecting individual media organizations. All the organizations found in Newsstand support the Google AMP standard, meaning the pages will load in quick and clean fashion without first bouncing through a mobile browser.