The new AI-powered Google News app is now available on iOS

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Google said last week at its I/O developer conference that the revamped, artificial intelligence-powered Google News would be arriving on Apple’s App Store some time in the next seven days. That time is apparently now, as the new Google News has gone live on iOS this afternoon and replaced the old Google Play Newsstand app. You can find the iOS link here. In the event you’re looking for the already-live Android version on the Play Store, you can find that here.

The new Google News on iOS is similar to the one you’ll find on Android. It centers around using machine learning to train algorithms to comb through complex, fast-breaking news stories and break them down in easy-to-understand formats like chronological timelines, local news aggregation, and stories presented in a developing and evolving sequence.

The app is now organized into four sections. The first is a “For You” personalized list of the top five stories Google’s software thinks you’ll want to read alongside a few other algorithmically chosen articles and local news stories. The next section is simply labelled “Headlines,” and it’s a mix of the latest news across sections like, “U.S.,” “World,” “Business,” and “Tech.” You can also use this section to see Google’s new Full Coverage feature that breaks down more complex stories into a series of articles from a variety of sources alongside social media posts from Twitter and YouTube.

There’s now a favorites section for starring topics across entertainment, news, and academia. The section is also good for selecting your preferred news sources, saving stories for Pocket-style reading later, and saving location and text-based searches for looking up later.

The last section, Newsstand, is a new addition to this version of Google News that lets you subscribe to news organizations that either offer a monthly subscription for web / print access or charge a monthly fee to bypass a web paywall. Selecting individual media organizations opens up a new splashy page for each one that organizes a source’s stories into site-specific coverage areas. Organizations found in Newsstand all support the Google AMP standard, meaning the pages will load in quick and clean fashion without bouncing you first through a mobile browser.

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It’s very similar to Apple News. But the one thing I wish Apple News would add is a Local News Section.

You can create your own local news section in Apple News! Just go to the search area (magnifying glass at the bottom), search for your area and save it as one of your topics.

All too easy.

Apple News is great. I’d rather curate my own news sources and topics than have Google do it and steal my personal info. Dropped all Google products in 2011.

Congrats on dropping all Google products, but Google is probably the least of your worries when it comes to data collection. You probably won’t believe this, but Google cares more about keeping your personal data private than you do. There’s a reason you’ll never see anything happen with Google like what happened with Facebook and Cambridge Analytica; however, I’d be glad to be proven wrong on this.

On the other hand, if you really care about your personal information, you should worry more about having a cell phone (Yes, even carriers will sell you location data), using any kind of social media account, and pretty much any internet traffic you have that passes through an ISP. Nearly every website you visit knows where you’re coming from and what type of person you are. But congrats on dropping all Google products.

Bingo!

Huge difference in my mind the moment I saw Google allows the local newspaper. No doubt Apple will get around to it, but it’s a glaring omission in my view.

See my above comment.

Again with the iOS versions of Google apps getting all the new features first! /s

The Android version has been available since last week.

Notice the /s

Google used to release iOS versions of features first, and get shit for on websites like this. I understand that iOS-first releases make the Android development scene look bad but now I wonder if they’re delaying the iOS versions just for this reason.

I think this explains why they never updated the Newsstand app for the iPhone X. Maybe there is a method to Google’s madness?

I’m "that guy" but I don’t want to add another app that gives Google access to what I like, read, and browse every day. I actually use the Apple News app a lot and enjoy it. My experience really improved once I blocked several topics like "Kardashians", "Markle", and several other annoying current cultural obsessions.

Google keeps coming out with these apps that one up Apple at their own game but I still resist giving them any more access to my information.

Apple news is good but they lack a Mac app for some dumb reason

I really wish Apple would bring Apple News to the Mac via iCloud.com, Safari or even it’s own Mac app.

I really wish Apple could bring Apple News to a country other than America… Canada is right here, yo… waiting patiently.

For the record, Google News isn’t here yet either. (edit, I stand corrected, yes it is)

Yeah it does seem a bit rediculous that News app has been around for. Purple years now and still not widely available. Hopefully we’ll hear something at WWDC.

they lack a Mac app for some dumb reason

The reason is probably because Mac’s are dead in Apple’s eyes.

I think it is more likely that many (not all) consume news on mobile, either quickly in bites on their phone, or more casually — and for longer sittings — on an iPad. I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple had some data for that.

Personally, I read specific sites on my computer but I ingest aggregated news on the go.

Not sure this "one ups" Apple News. Time will tell, but so far I prefer Apple’s UI.

I feel the same, was tempted to download it but the thought of going through setup and giving Google more info about myself gave me pause. I use Apple News daily.

Information like what – your email address? Date of birth? What other information do you need to setup a Google account?

Information like what – your email address? Date of birth? What other information do you need to setup a Google account?

Don’t be so naive this is Google. Some of us feels Google already knows too much.

Information we get from your use of our services. We collect information about the services that you use and how you use them, like when you watch a video on YouTube, visit a website that uses our advertising services, or view and interact with our ads and content. This information includes:

Device information

We collect device-specific information (such as your hardware model, operating system version, unique device identifiers, and mobile network information including phone number). Google may associate your device identifiers or phone number with your Google Account.

Log information

When you use our services or view content provided by Google, we automatically collect and store certain information in server logs. This includes:

details of how you used our service, such as your search queries.
telephony log information like your phone number, calling-party number, forwarding numbers, time and date of calls, duration of calls, SMS routing information and types of calls.
Internet protocol address.
device event information such as crashes, system activity, hardware settings, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request and referral URL.
cookies that may uniquely identify your browser or your Google Account.
Location information

When you use Google services, we may collect and process information about your actual location.

Who do know Apple collects pretty much all of this also right?

You not who

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