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May092018

Google News Now Using AI and ML to Group Related Stories Together in Real-time

A newly redesigned version of Google News which uses artificial intelligence (AI) with machine learning (ML) along with human intelligence to analyze flow of information as it hits the web in real-time and organizes it into storyline.

“At its core, this technology lets us synthesize information and put it together in a way that helps you make sense of what’s happening, and what the impact or reaction has been,” wrote Google.

Upon navigating the reimagined Google News app, new experiences keeps you fully informed, like the new ‘For You’ section start briefing up to five stories selected for an individual and featuring a mix of most important headlines, local news, and atest developments on topics interested in by them.

Google News also now providing new easy-to-use and easy-to-access controls to users decide to “see more or less of a topic or a publisher.”

A GIF image below shows new ‘For You’ sectio in action:

Google News For You section

Google says the more the app is used, the better the recommendations the app will get.

As the focus is on letting stories speak themselves with rich media, the stories will now include text articles, images and YouTube videos across the web. A unique visual format called “newscasts” easy to read on a phone makes it easy to dive deeper into a story by using natural language will bring together a collection of articles, videos and quotes on a single topic.

‘Full Coverage,’ let users dig deeper into a story to understand it fully. The feature provides a complete picture of how the story was reported from a range of trusted news sources. Unlike For You, it’s an unpersonalized view and with just asingle tap—will show “top headlines from different sources, videos, local news reports, FAQs, social commentary, and a timeline for stories that have played out over time.”

GIF image of Full Coverage in action:

Google News Full Coverage section

Another new “Newssand” tab allow easily find and follow trusted news sources as well as browse and discover new one including access to more tan 1,000 magazine titles in a mobile-optimized format.

You can see Newsstand in action in the GIF animation below:

Google News Newsstand section

Finally, you can also now subscribe to news sources easily using just your Google account—without requiring forms, credit card numbers or new passwords.

And soon, Google will also let you access all paid content from anywhere, including on Google News, Google Search, and on publishers own website through new “Subscribe with Google platform” which is launched as a part of the Google News Initiative.

For an unfiltered view of news from around the world, head over to the “Headlines” section, and use the additional sections to dive into more on technology, business, sports, entertainment and others.

The all new News rolling out to everyone on Android, iOS and the web in 127 countries today will fully become avialble by next week.

A new mobile Google News app will replace Google Play Newsstand on mobile and desktop and the Google News & Weather app on mobile will be available on iOS and Android by next week.

Google also has published a video demostrating new Google News features embedded below:

A new Google Posts feature launched today brings an ability to upload videos, which until now only has photos support.

If you are not aware, Google Posts let people and businesses create content directly on Google which appears highly ranked in Google search results for their names and brands.

The news was shared on twitter by Andy Simpson along with a screenshot of the video thumbnail showing up for a local panel:

Google Posts with video and photos support

Update 05/17: A completely revamped version of Google News app for iOS released to the Apple App Store is inline with the new changes mentioned above. Here’s a summary of the key updates:

  • A “For You” section surfaces news articles based on browsing history and utilizes artificial intelligence.
  • A “Headlines” section features non-personalized news articles from around the world, grouped into different categories.
  • A “Favorites” section features news articles based on topics, sources, locations, searches, and stories saved by the user.
  • A “Newsstand” section allows users to follow specific publishers.
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