It seems lately that Google is announcing changes almost daily. Following changes to its analytics program and the recent overhaul of Google Translate and introduction of Google Chrome OS, it is now time for Google News for mobiles to get an update into an easier to use version for Android, iPhone, and Palm Pre phones, reports MediaBistro.
The new version of Google News allows users to personalize and customize the news on their mobiles. It also allows for them to import their existing personalized settings on Google News from their computers into the mobile version.
The new version also introduces a "jump-to" feature which allows the user to use a drop-down menu (pictured to the left) to skip to a desired section (World, Sports, Health, etc). This menu is also customizable: the user can put the sections in any order and delete unwanted section or add new sections.
The lay-out has been redesigned to maintain the look of the traditional Google News. Lead stories have photos as well as related links. This continues the debate about news aggregation that has plagued Google News virtually since its conception. Many people who get their news from Google News read their small samples without bothering to click through to the actual story, thus costing the newspaper a pageview. This causes many papers to lose ad revenue because of the decrease in traffic. Rupert Murdoch recently went so far as to claim that his company, News Corp, is removing its self from all Google search results.
Google News is available in 29 languages and 70 different editions.