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Google News: Top World & Local News Headlines for Android

By Google Free Editors' Rating

Key Details of Google News: Top World & Local News Headlines

  • Enjoy your favorite magazines and news articles, anywhere you go
  • Last updated on 03/28/21
  • There have been 5 updates within the past 6 months
  • Also available on iOS
The Google News & Weather app has been renamed to Google News.

Editors' Review

clifford.colby May 9, 2018

Google News -- a mashup of Google News & Weather and the Google Play Newsstand -- is designed to help you keep up with the news you care about from sources you trust.

Pros

Designed to help you find trusted news: The new Google News app replaces the company's Google Play Newsstand and Google News & Weather apps and is designed to provide readers with a fresh and fuller look at news and events by using AI to monitor, organize, and display information in real time.

Helpfully organized: The app breaks out news into five-top stories at the moment; a deeper look at events spanning U.S., world, business, tech, entertainment, and sports events; and topics and sources you are following, including local sources. The app strives to offer a range of news sources to allow you to get a fuller picture of a story. For example, tap the small colorful rectangle on the right side of a top story to get different perspectives and context on the news. (On Android, you can also add a News widget to your home screen to cycle top stories.)

Depends on AI: The app uses a visual approach Google is calling "Newscasts," that relies on AI to present a fuller view of news, pulling in a mix of articles, videos, and quotes for an individual topic. In any section, you can scroll down to view more stories selected by Google's AI, save a story to read later, or share it. Google said the service learns from your reading activities and tunes your feed to your interests.

Follow and subscribe to news publications: You can follow news sources, and with Google's new Subscribe with Google service, subscribe to publications. The service manages your subscriptions across all your devices using your Google account, giving you access in Google News (both app and the web), in Google search, and on publisher websites. If you already have a subscription to a publication using Google's service, you can activate your account in Google News to view content in the app.

Part of the Google News Initiative: Google's initiative is designed to support the news industry, elevate quality journalism, and combat misinformation through funding and a variety of collaborations. The initiative is, in part, a response to the public's growing lack of confidence in the ability of tech companies and news organizations to present trustworthy information.

Cons

Can't sort into topics: News feeds display a mix of topics you are interested in, but you can't sort or arrange feeds by a specific topic -- such as baseball or politics.

Bottom Line

Replacing Google Play Newsstand and Google News & Weather apps, the new Google News app is designed to provide an unfiltered view of events from a range of trusted news sources, Google says.

Full Specifications

What's new in version March 18, 2021

· Bug fixes and performance improvements

General

Release March 28, 2021
Date Added March 28, 2021
Version March 18, 2021

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 3,068
Downloads Last Week 8
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Developer's Description

Google News is a smart news app that organizes what's happening in the world to help you learn more about the stories that matter to you.

With Google News, you'll see:

Your briefing - It can be nearly impossible to keep up with every story you care about. With your briefing, easily stay in the know about what's important and relevant to you. Your briefing updates throughout the day bringing you the top stories you need to know, including local stories, national news, and world content.

Full coverage - Understand the full context on any story with just a tap. Google News gives you everything online about a story and organizes it for you - highlighting different perspectives, a timeline of key events, FAQs, important people, and more.

Credible sources - Find quality content from a diverse set of credible publishers and discover sources you haven't heard of before.

Stories, for you - Keep up with what's happening on the topics you care about, whether that's sports, politics, business, tech, or even the weather.

Subscribe with Google - We believe quality journalism is worth paying for. That's why, with a single tap, you can easily subscribe to the newspapers and magazines you love.