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At its recently concluded I/O event, Google had teased a new Google News app powered by AI, and today that app has been released for iOS users across 127 countries. The app can also balance breaking news into chronological order.

On opening the app, the users will find a "For You" section that has been created to provide the top five news of the moment followed by a tailor-made section that will provide longer news articles. We gave the new app a spin to find out if it has a shot at being the most effective way to read the news. Replacing the neglected Newsstand service from Google, and seen as a direct competitor to the Apple News app, Google News is now available on the App Store... If you want to dig deeper, "Full Coverage" will provide you with "top headlines from different sources, videos, local news reports, FAQs, social commentary, and a timeline for stories that have played out over time". The next section called "Headlines" offers a mix of latest news from sections such as India, World, Business and Sports among others. Whereas Google Play Newsstand was clunky and pretty much useless, Google News brings you the information you want to read (and the information Google's AI thinks you want to read) in a clean and easy-to-read format.

The new Google News app is created to keep you up to date with current affairs, with stories from trustworthy sources.

In the "Favorites" tab you can add specific topics, sources, and locations that you're interested in. "Full Coverage", as you would expect, digs deeper to information events, displaying Tales from a number of resources (even though you can not set preferences for all these), in addition to timelines for ongoing troubles.

Google hasn't explained how it determines which news sources are reliable, but it says they are curated. Note that to use the iOS version, you'll first need to install Google Chrome.

There is a downside, though: unlike Apple News, Google News takes stories directly from the publisher's website, including any ads on the original page.

Google News and Weather seems to be sticking around for the time being, but we wouldn't be surprised if it's deprecated some time in the future, or tuned into an app exclusively for weather.

  • Valerie Cook