Skip to main content

Google News gets redesigned with AI features, new app, available starting today

Keeping up with the news is a big part of our day, and since its inception nearly two decades ago, Google News has been a place for anyone to find what they’re looking for. Now, Google is giving it a makeover.

At I/O 2018, Google has announced a new refresh to Google News, which not only includes a new interface on the web, but also a brand new application. AI is at the core of the new Google News, with it being able to automatically know what it is that you’re interested in, from politics to entertainment and more. Clearly, it’s pulling information from other parts of your Google account.

The new app is designed with imagery front and center, even integrating videos from YouTube and other platforms. It also includes a “Newscasts” features which pulls information from multiple platforms, including Twitter.

To help you quickly get you up to speed, we’re experimenting with a unique visual format called newscasts. Here, the latest developments in natural language understanding bring together a collection of articles, videos and quotes on a single topic. Newscasts make it easy to dive right into perspectives to learn more about a story—plus, it’s easy to read on your phone.

Stories in Google News are broken up by topic, with top stories from well-known sources at the top of the app, and full coverage being available just beneath the surface.

If you want to get a deeper insight into a story, the “Full Coverage” feature provides a complete picture of how that story is reported from a variety of sources. With just a tap you’ll see top headlines from different sources, videos, local news reports, FAQs, social commentary, and a timeline for stories that have played out over time.

Users will also be able to follow their favorite publishers on the new Google News, and it integrates with the “Subscribe with Google” platform to make it easy to use paid news sources.

The new Google News is rolling out to everyone starting today, with the new Android and iOS applications being able in 127 countries “in the coming weeks.”

FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.

You’re reading 9to5Google — experts who break news about Google and its surrounding ecosystem, day after day. Be sure to check out our homepage for all the latest news, and follow 9to5Google on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay in the loop. Don’t know where to start? Check out our exclusive stories, reviews, how-tos, and subscribe to our YouTube channel



Avatar for Ben Schoon Ben Schoon

Ben is a writer and video producer for 9to5Google.

Find him on Twitter @NexusBen. Send tips to or encrypted to

Ben Schoon's favorite gear