On Friday, Google announced that they have revamped their Google News mobile web app for users on Android and iOS devices. The new version is rolling out over the next few days in the US, although Google says it will be bringing the same experience to all its international editions “soon”. If you want to check it out, just head over to news.google.com in your mobile browser, and you’ll be greeted with the new version of Google News, shown above, once it’s rolled out.
So what all is new? Well Google has improved the overall look-and-feel making it much easier to read and track separate stories. They’ve also added the ability to customize the webapp to suite your taste by changing the theme from light to dark, the font size and opting for a larger “story card” with more information per story at your fingertips. As well as simplifying the navigation to any section within News; just click on the Google News icon in the top left to see a list of available sections. Finally, they’ve also added easy integration with Google Feedback located in the menu at the top right.
So there’s lots of updates today for Google News on the mobile side, and it definitely makes the site look much better, at least in my opinion. Google also says it has brought over features from the desktop version, including a weather gadget in the Local section and the popular “Editors Picks” option as well. Although social posts from Google+ related to the story are also no included in the article cluster. Which is good news for some and not so good for others.
It’s rather unfortunate to see that there’s no idea when other regions will get these options. But hopefully it won’t take too long to get there. However, I don’t see that happening until sometime next year. How many of you use Google News everyday to find news and such? Let us know in the comments below.