Google has been quite active for the past few weeks, delivering updates to some of its services including Google Translate and Google Play Music. Well now the search giant has announced a complete overhaul of its Newsstand app and an additional desktop extension.
Like in the case of Google Music, the update for the Newsstand app focuses on delivering a more personalized experience, especially tailored for the user. Like in the case of the music-centric app, Newsstand takes advantage of machine learning in order to deliver personalized and contextual recommendations.
When opening the Newsstand app now users will be greeted with a personalized message and a relevant collection of articles. All these go under “Briefing” – basically the central deck of the app. Here users will be able to see all the top stories of the day or important headlines on topics of interest.
How does the app know what you like to read? Well it taps into your web history, so it can learn which topics you’re most likely to read. On top of that, the app can even send you a morning notification featuring an overview of the most important news of the day.
The Newsstand app now includes other tabs like “For Your”, “Library” (previously “My Library”), “Explore” or “Read Later”. All your magazines are stored in a new tab called “Topics & Sources”.
The search bar is now capable of offering a bunch of new options. For example, you’ll receive suggestions on possible, relevant search queries, but also landing pages for trending topics and news.
Google also says that Newsstand is now streaming improved multimedia content, meaning higher resolution images and autoplay videos.
The app comes equipped with a so-called Data Saver mode, which allows users to monitor the data and the bandwidth gobbled up by the app.
The update is currently rolling out, but if you fail to see it for the time being, don’t worry it will arrive soon enough (it’s a matter of days).
Google also launched a web version of the Newsstand which rocks all the new features we have outlined above, so users can read on their computer as well.
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