Google News for Mobile has New Feature: Location-Based News Filtering

May 16, 2011
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    Lately, an unofficial Google News Regional app popped up in the Android Market. Now, Google has introduced a location-based content filter for Google News on mobile devices, called “News near you”. Google News for mobile will enable you to keep up with the latest local news, wherever you are.  The new feature in the U.S. English edition will be called “News near you” and seeks to provide you with news relevant to the city you are in and the nearby areas.

    Back in 2008, Google made the location-based news first available in Google News, and today there is already a local section for just about any city, state or country in the world with coverage from many sources. Google News does their local news a bit differently from others. They employ machine learning to analyse each word in an individual story to understand what location the news is about and where the source is situated.

    Thanks to Google News’ new feature, you can now find local news on your smartphone. Here’s an example of a “News near you” mobile section automatically created for someone in Topeka, Kansas:

    Keep the good news 'comin!

    To use this feature, go to Google News from the browser of your Android device. If this is the first time you are visiting Google News on your device since this feature became accessible, a pop-up will ask you if you want to share your location. If you say yes, news pertinent to your location will appear in a new section called “News near you” which will be added at the bottom of the homepage. If you want to reorganize the sections, you can do it later via the personalization page.

    Check out news.google.com from your device to get the latest local news from wherever you are.

    Source: Google Mobile Blog

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