Some people play games and have lots of games apps, other people like photography or social networking, and they add all the relevant apps. I like news apps – everyone has their own favourite use for their phone, apart from making calls, and mine is keeping up with the latest news. Especially technology news. I have more news apps than any other category. One I have been using a lot lately is Google News and Weather.
All news apps are slightly different and so I find that one just isn’t enough. To see a broad range of news stories, you need a broad range of news apps.
Google News and Weather is based on the Google website, news.google.co.uk or news.google.com that can be accessed with a web browser.
The home page shows the current weather for your location and the forecast for the new few days. Below are the top stories and there is a thumbnail image, headline and the source of the news story. You can tap a headline to go to the story on the website or tap the little arrow at the right side to expand the section. This shows related stories or the same story, but a different news source giving a different perspective on it.
Tap the menu button in the top left corner of the screen and a list of news categories, called sections, is displayed. Tap a section and the latest news stories are shown. A sections manager enables you to change the order of the sections and to delete the ones you don’t want.
You can also create your own news sections by adding a topic or a location. Whenever that topic is found among stories in the news app’s sources, it appears in that section. Adding a location shows news stories related to that location.
There is an option to change editions on the settings menu and this enables you to select the country. You can view the news for the UK, US, Australia, Canada, France and many other countries. The news stories that are displayed are ones relevant to that part of the world.
Google News and Weather Is a simple app, but it does the job of keeping you abreast of the latest news stories locally and around the world. If you use the website on your desktop computer, install the app on your Android phone. It works well on large screen models like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and S4.
The news sources are good too, and when you find a story you are interested in, it is useful to see the related stories. Stories are not shown within the app and they take you to the website using Chrome. The display of news stories is therefore dependent on the sites showing them. Usually they work well on mobile phones though and most news sites switch to an attractive mobile design.
If you aren’t getting what you want from your news app, try Google News and Weather.
- Written by Roland Waddilove
- Created: 05 October 2014