Google is taking the mobile Google News experience to an entirely new level.
The internet search giant has unveiled an update to Google News that delivers a highly-localized mobile solution called “News near you.”
According to Google, News Near You brings to the forefront news relevant to the city you in which you live and the surrounding areas.
“Location-based news first became available in Google News in 2008,” says Navneet Singh, Product Manager at Google News, “and today there’s a local section for just about any city, state or country in the world with coverage from thousands of sources. We do local news a bit differently, analyzing every word in every story to understand what location the news is about and where the source is located.”
The new service, which is free, can be be accessed through the browser of your Android smartphone or iPhone.
If you haven’t visited Google News on your mobile device since the new feature went live, a pop-up will prompt you to share your location. If you agree to do so, news relevant to your location will begin populating a new section called “News near you” which will be added at the bottom of the homepage.
You can reorganize the sections later via the personalization page, Google says.
To read the full announcement of the new service on the official Google blog, click here.