Back in May, this year, Google had refreshed its News platform that introduced Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities to the new Google News to find relevant news stories and group them in chronological order in real-time with options such as viewing full coverage, local news aggregation and more.
Today, in its effort to make Google News more accessible regardless of the phone or cellular service, the company has announced four new features to better serve the News to users who are experiencing low internet connectivity.
The new data-saving features are also designed to help those using low-end Android devices, including Android Go Edition smartphones.
Here are the new core features launching today:
First, Google News will now open videos through YouTube Go when applicable. Google says this will help them serve videos in a lightweight yet clear format. Also, to save on mobile data, the videos on Google News will not autoplay.
YouTube Go, is an optimized version of YouTube, which is designed for low-end phones including Android Go devices.
And second, Google News will also ensure that Newscasts (previews of a story) will now become more text-focused, instead of relying on heavy images and videos. This feature is also intended towards saving data.
The third feature addition will now deliver compressed images on all entry-level and low connectivity devices. Users will be able to fully load images with just a tap. And, because the videos and GIFs will also not auto-play, it will lead to less data being cached and saved on the device.
And, the fourth, news articles can now be saved and are easily downloadable over Wi-Fi for offline reading.
Google says these features will turn on automatically, hence no need to toggle on a setting.
Google News was available in 127 countries and 65 languages.
These features will become available to users around the world over the next few weeks.
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