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Google News organizes what’s happening in the world to help you learn more about the stories that matter to you. With Google News, you’ll see: Your briefing – It can be nearly impossible to keep up with every story you care about. With your briefing, easily stay in the know about what’s important and relevant to you. Your briefing updates throughout the day bringing you the top five stories you need to know, including local, national, and world content. Full coverage – Understand the full context on any story with just a tap. Google News gives you everything online about a story and organizes it for you – highlighting different perspectives, a timeline of key events, FAQs, important people, and more. Credible sources – Find quality content from a diverse set of credible publishers and discover sources you haven’t heard of before. Stories, for you – Keep up with what’s happening on the topics you care about, whether that’s travel, politics, sports, tech, or fashion.
On again off again
by Me12335r on 2019/10/18 16:04
I really hate to hate but this app is a burden. Half the time the stories won’t load, other times it just won’t update any stories. Apple News starting to look better. If Google would just fix a few flaws it’d be the perfect app.
Critical functionality broken
by PhilW62 on 2019/10/18 11:52
With recent versions on IOS 13, we’ve lost the ability to leave a story and then come back to it later. Whenever I leave the app (to read an email, for instance), when I return to the app I’m returned to the top of the home page, and I have to search for the story again and find my place. Very frustrating, I’ve deleted the app and using the web version until this is fixed.
Block function doesn’t work
by Roger Bryan on 2019/10/18 01:29
No matter how many times you tell this app you don’t want to see stories about Cardi B they still come up over and over again. I thought I would be able to craft a newsfeed that matches my interests. Not the case with this app. Finally deleted it.
Not Relevant
by Vir2ul1 on 2019/10/18 01:01
Too much news that's outdated or repetitive.
Best Overall Media Aggregator
by Pone_Tony on 2019/10/17 16:15
If you must only use one point source for your news media, you could obviously do much worse than Google. ***You should always try to do your own digging to avoid living in a bubble, but this app will deliver the noisiest headlines with absolute reliability.*** YMMV.
Trump bashing
by uncle morg on 2019/10/17 02:51
All Trump bashing all the time. Something other then Trump has happened in the world today. Try to open your eyes and see what else is going on in the world. Thank you.
Muchas actualizaciones
by Luis Osmel on 2019/10/17 00:32
La aplicación está muy bien, solo que no hay porque actualizar tan seguido. No hace falta. Saludos Luis Osmel
Fans de noticias
by el tunero on 2019/10/17 00:12
Reviso cada día este situación porque las noticias son muy bien redactadas y actualizadas Gracias
Closes article you are reading if you switch apps
by chrishaw177 on 2019/10/16 22:21
Poor performance, if you are reading an article and switch apps to text or read an email and come back to the app it opens on the starting page and your article is gone.
App reloads too often; very ANNOYING!!
by jlinx2000 on 2019/10/16 16:06
Google News app tends to reload from scratch to often. This is very annoying when you read an news article, switch to another app to do something for a few minutes and then comes back to see Google News app no longer shows the article you were reading. Instead you ended up staring at the refreshed home page of Google News. Neither Apple News nor Microsoft News app have this problem. Also many news articles are displayed in small fonts which strain my eyes. Apple News has the best font rendering (font type and size) of all news app on iOS. The only thing I like about Google News over Apple News is the way it presents news articles on the main page and many news articles have additional “Full Coverage” option.
Heavy handedly Google in the worst ways
by m0nsoon on 2019/10/16 12:24
Opening an article in safari, outside of the app sandbox, requires FIVE clicks!! 5! That’s crazy. Getting prompted to sign in with a google account repeatedly is a routine annoyance. The amount of telemetry data that google captures and transmits when you just read a simple article is insane I counted well over twenty trackers. Give me a break google. Stop being such a shitbag of a company. Congress is already after you for acting monopolistically. This is adding fuel to the fire.
Terrible
by Scanner4200000 on 2019/10/16 03:57
Crashes often
Great potential, but needs improvement
by Dannyighsu on 2019/10/15 22:21
- recommendation model doesn’t seem to account for things like duration of read, articles passed by, etc. - app returns to home very frequently after backgrounding with an article open. Makes me lose track of what I was reading - subcategories besides my feed should be personalized to individual as well, e.g. “headlines”
Absolute Garbage
by scotthilt on 2019/10/15 00:41
Google News is absolute garbage. No matter how much I favorite or block a topic or source, I still see random stories and topics I don’t want to read. Not relevant to me at all. Google broke Google News. Uninstalled!
Can’t forward links or stories
by Nptexas1 on 2019/10/14 21:37
I check the news less often on google now. New format isn’t an improvement, it’s just change for the sake of change. I cannot copy a link to share stories. That’s just dumb.
Ignores feed preferences
by Smittyou812 on 2019/10/14 13:13
I have tried literally dozens of times to hide all from CNN and it completely ignores this. It is obvious Google wants to push a certain “news” narrative even at the expense of the user. Uninstalling.
ABOUT THE ADS
by sorry4ever on 2019/10/13 23:24
PLEASE EXCUSE THE CAPS. MY IPHONE IS SHOWING ME ONLY TINY FONT. I’M NOT YELLING, HONEST. ANYWAY, I LIKE THE APP BUT I GET ANNOYED AT THE ADS ON THE BOTTOM OF THE SCREEN. I PREFER THE ADS INLINE WITH THE ARTICLE. HOWEVER, I WOULD APPRECIATE IT IF THEY WERE NOT EASY TO ACCIDENTALLY TAP. SO FAR, SO GOOD. THANK YOU.
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by ruxje on 2019/10/13 12:38
I would like to be able to return to what I was reading when I follow a link in a story
Unsure
by DelJonesy on 2019/10/13 03:22
Unsure, tried for a short time.
Googled News ...
by Conosor on 2019/10/12 18:36
Works for me! I am able to select topics of my own interests. I can settle for a summary, with key quotations pulled from the published media source, and a hot link to the source if I wish to read the entire source article, video, etc. This one is well done by Google.
Siempre al día
by olaidy on 2019/10/12 10:40
Excelente para estar bien informado con la realidad nacional e internacional Gracias
Okay
by Alex a.k.a. Philbert on 2019/10/12 01:29
Too many useless features that sometimes get in the way. Also, when I click on a story from my notification center, it doesn’t open up the story. It just opens the app.
Save yourself time using this app
by Former paying user on 2019/10/11 17:01
Local rural news isn’t accurate or up to date. Stories are not selected which feature both liberal and conservative views.
Bring Back the scrollbar
by Red dragonsky on 2019/10/11 16:27
I had been on iOS 13 beta for months, I loved the scroll bar as it made it very easy to read headlines. Now it’s gone, every time I use it I miss it
Block news source does not work
by Rmtaber on 2019/10/11 14:34
The app features an option to block a specific news source. Unfortunately, this feature does not work. You can even star preferred news sources...that feature does not work either. The app continues to display random news sources, none that I starred and at the top is always the source I blocked
Why include Fox
by retired usmc 70 on 2019/10/11 00:15
Incite violence with fake news and white supremacy. Disinformation will collapse civilization.
What
by Kerinx on 2019/10/10 21:50
Too many fake websites to many unrequested news from dubious sources
Don’t try to listen to music while using this!
by BenJetson on 2019/10/10 21:15
Google News worked flawlessly on Android, but on iOS it still needs some work. I couldn’t figure out why my music kept pausing while using this app until I noticed the auto-playing silent videos. This feature needs to not override the system media controls (especially since the videos don’t actually play any audio until clicked). You can disable autoplaying videos entirely, but that isn’t a great solution since this shouldn’t be a problem in the first place.
no stories will load
by fristratef driver number two on 2019/10/10 13:17
no stories will load. two days now. i’m dumping this app. can’t ten thousand overpaid computer programmers make the software work correctly??
Slanted
by hwysbd on 2019/10/10 13:02
Slanted liberal
I like it now
by johnnyboy5000 on 2019/10/10 00:07
I like that I can block news sources that I don’t like. I’m still not crazy about the animated news slides.
Great app til recently
by Codegeek1701 on 2019/10/09 07:36
Until recently, this has been my go to news app. However, it started refreshing nearly every time I switch apps if I respond to a game, email, etc going to the top of the feeds with some of the stories gone. Even if I’m in the middle of reading of story. Unacceptable.
HORRIBLE compared to android version!
by addief94 on 2019/10/09 03:27
I had a first gen Google pixel before my now iPhone 11.. google news was INCREDIBLE on my google pixel- so great at showing me articles that have to do w/ what I follow and read and etc. . It was one of the apps I immediately downloaded on my new iPhone. I didn’t expect it to be as great as it was on their own pixel device, however, I would expect it to at least work properly! I’m using my exact same google account yet the app suddenly has all these stories that have nothing to do with me or anything I’ve ever searched or read online. Even after a couple of weeks I’m still getting so many irrelevant articles in my newsfeed. Even after selecting to stop seeing said articles, if I close and reopen the app they appear again after over and over and again selecting to stop seeing it. Just garbage in comparison to their android version
Great app.
by astrofalcon22 on 2019/10/09 02:45
Even though the news is always terrible this app is great.
Currently broken on iOS 13
by Phoqust on 2019/10/08 17:49
The app resets and loses my place every time my phone goes to sleep or I move to another app. This has been an issue ever since I “upgraded” to iOS 13. Maybe not your problem, but something’s changed.
Sorting
by 209Marcos on 2019/10/08 04:40
Should be easier to sort by day. Tired of sorting through 4 day old articles.
Nothing persists
by aray0825 on 2019/10/07 20:57
Why do I have to start from the top of the For You screen EVERY TIME I LEAVE THE APP?!? Great news app, use it daily, yadda praise to Google. But nothing is more frustrating (in the context of this app) than having to re-find a 10,000-word essay I was 2/3 through reading when I needed to reply to a text message.
Great news
by rondout on 2019/10/06 19:48
Thanks
Enjoyable
by SanfordP on 2019/10/06 16:28
Very happy and enjoy google news.
Today View needs improved
by andywhoa on 2019/10/06 03:40
App is largely fine. Disappointed the Today View widget does not respect your blocked sources list.
Very slow and low frame rate
by timothy_gm on 2019/10/06 02:17
Google news runs very poorly on iPad mini 4.
Google news
by warrenlover on 2019/10/05 19:24
It’s fantastic, you get intelligent info, high quality
Google News is Garbage
by HarryLevine on 2019/10/05 15:42
Even if you block certain channels, Google News still manages to show only the stories that match Google’s biased leftist view.
Great service
by Ugao23 on 2019/10/04 19:52
Always right on and available in a very objective way.
Best in Class with a Bug or Two
by I Luv Surfer Girlz on 2019/10/04 16:26
I honestly prefer Google News over Apple News because it incorporates my Google search history and provides stories I might like. The problem with that is it “uses my Google search history to provides stories I might like”. Apple News uses learning too but while it’s more private and isolated on my device, it’s siloed. Whereas Google gives me a far reaching spread of news tailored for me by my behavior. The iOS app refreshes when I leave the app (while reading an article). This is annoying because when I go to return to the article, the app refreshes and goes to the “for me” section from the start so I can’t return to the article that I wasn’t finished with.
Alerts
by mword8 on 2019/10/03 13:55
Like Yahoo! News app, I get alerts when there is breaking. Google does not do that.
App refreshing is frustrating
by Welldoing on 2019/10/03 12:38
It’s the best source for news but the news articles refreshes nearly every time you leave the app for a second and although it might seem to be a good thing it’s actually frustrating
Copacetic
by jyggir on 2019/10/03 00:49
Perfect in every detail
Worst News Aggregator
by BC Buz on 2019/10/02 19:06
This news aggregator will bombard you with more adds than any app I have ever used. They also have fake news stories that lead you down a trail of phony news to an advertisement you never wanted to go to. There are a lot of blanks between news articles where the ads just don’t show up. Or you’ll be reading a news article and the app scrolls up or down, you lose your place and you’re looking at an ad you don’t want to see. Using this app is like giving up your freedom of choice. Not my idea of a news aggregator, just a giant advertisement generator with no mercy.
Many news
by rorschachh on 2019/10/01 21:32
It’s nice! Many newses in the feed. Sometimes too much fox but it’s ok. I like the interfacing
Does not remember preferences
by Laurent in SF on 2019/10/01 05:52
Previous releases were way better
Extremely slow
by tintin2845 on 2019/09/30 16:14
This app has become extremely slow to come up with the contents on my old iPad Air 2.
Same news topic different day
by THOMAS BROWNING on 2019/09/30 14:18
Could be the news agencies reporting but I seem to get the same stories from the same outlets. Really heavy CNN and Fox rotation. Based on the articles, neither seem to be very objective reporting. Mostly love or hate the current administration and you get a lot of bias. I still scan the feed everyday but I have to go outside the app to get a better world picture. When I try the world news, it’s still consistently American Politics.
Keeping America on his toes
by Munhir55 on 2019/09/29 22:04
Best place to get the latest updates
Good but
by Irosenth on 2019/09/29 18:34
Really now. Should this all be free ? Who will pay journalists ? Something has to give. And Google is the thief here. Government should step forward..
Very Good
by churchill47 on 2019/09/29 05:27
Awesome
Sig Silvano
by 10Scheggia on 2019/09/28 11:02
Extremely clear very good
Stop machine curation of news
by reviewer109102933 on 2019/09/28 10:54
Stop machine curation of news. That’s it. I’m a grown up who can decide what’s important for myself.
BS leftist news...Apple and Google now control world “information” like Pravda..worse
by Ooooiiijhhf on 2019/09/28 05:45
As above...
Not Happy With the Changes
by ListenUp (~)\(~) on 2019/09/28 05:23
I liked my old Google News page. I’m miffed it disappeared from my Google pGe. This Ap page is so much less useful. I prefered the title, picture & opening paragraph to what’s offered now. If progress has to mean constant change, at least keep what works. That’s all anyone’s saying.
Can’t stop the fluff
by Vahdyx on 2019/09/27 03:13
What I like about Microsoft News and Apple News is you don’t need to see things you don’t care about. Say you don’t wanna see sports stuff but Googled something about your sports team, then prepare to see some sports things on your feed. Apple News and MS News works the best to eliminate the fluff.
“Fewer stories like this” function is trash
by Rites Nites on 2019/09/26 20:45
Every time I use the “for you” section of the app, I see the same garbage, clickbait stories that I have absolutely zero interest in. Every time I see these stories, always among the top stories on my feed, I click the option to see “fewer stories like this”. Never once has this worked. It will temporarily remove whatever article I tell it to and then immediately put in right back where it was the next time I open the app. Also, the “hide all stories from (insert news outlet)” works equally as bad. I’ve used that function for multiple different news outlets and the next time I open the app they are right back in my feed. Garbage app in general.
Kindergarten fight?
by Not Mark Twain on 2019/09/25 21:41
So in order to force users to use the back button at the bottom to ga back to previous page like on Android devices, Google makes it difficult for users to use the right swipe to achieve the same function, because that’s an Apple thing. Really Google?
we need news
by ObOneKenobi on 2019/09/25 15:21
besides the content feeling more like a social network app (gossip, irrelevant posts) than a real news source, it devours your data, not recommended for using on a limited data plan
Don’t feature subscription based news platforms
by Sassy Sally silly pop on 2019/09/25 14:45
Don’t show articles that you need a subscription to read... just stick to the free one!
Block Fake News
by Matt Judge on 2019/09/25 12:38
This app is great for making sure you don’t see fake news sources like faux news or breitbart.
Reverts to top when you leave the app
by $Bills on 2019/09/24 23:11
You leave the app to read the article and when you come back it resets you to the top. This is poor design and functionality
App resets when in the background
by fjalkdj on 2019/09/24 18:06
When you leave the app while in the middle of an article and come back to it, even if just a minute later, the app does not save the article you were on, and instead plops you right back on the home news feed- good luck ever finding that article you were reading again so you can pick up where you left off! This is extremely easy to reproduce. It happens to me literally every single time I leave the app for more than 1 minute. It is utterly pathetic that one of the richest companies in the world can’t write an app that maintains state- that’s like something a new app developer just knows how to do. I’m leaving this app for good because of how frustrating this bug is.
App review
by RMINNICKS on 2019/09/24 16:25
Best news app out there!
Great news app
by Todd_M3 on 2019/09/24 13:46
I really like the format of the articles and summaries.
Awesome App
by qwerff on 2019/09/24 11:11
Definitely prefer Google News over Apple’s own app. Google just seems to get it done better in my honest opinion. Give it a try. Hope you like it too!
No way to block Fox News
by Sensay77 on 2019/09/24 10:47
The very first time I opened up the app, I was smacked in the face by the state controlled Fox News outlet. No worries, let’s see how we can block right wing propaganda. Oh there isn’t a way to block it, back to Apple News then. Google should be ashamed, that they are forcing me to look at straight up lies and thinly failed bigotry, for me to read headlines about. Thanks Google for that! Thanks!
Could be better
by oitkhgf on 2019/09/24 01:03
See few stories from the sources I favorited, but constantly inundated with nonsense and garbage. Edit the feed everyday, and still have problems.
I gave it one star
by HorribleApptoSaytheleast on 2019/09/23 21:26
I gave it one star because it asked me to review it multiple times in app. Otherwise fine program.
I get a lot out of Google News
by SeanSeosamich on 2019/09/23 20:11
I like the blend of national and local news. I usually look first thing in the morning a few days a week when there’s little time to read the newspaper.
A slightly less-than-great App
by 'ZR' on 2019/09/23 14:25
Google News has replaced my native Apple News app. It’s a very good app and curates news very well. The ‘full coverage’ option is very useful. Videos are also integrated seamlessly. The only negative is that foreign news outlets often do not show up in your feed even if picked as favorites. You have to specifically go into favorites section and browse through it. Hope Google can fix that.
Stop autoplay
by EndymionNomad on 2019/09/23 06:06
You never know whether a video will be the story or text, and it’s all autoplay, so it will abruptly start playing video, and if you click back to main screen, it often just keeps playing. Not great UX.
Reduce the ads
by Warcraft on 2019/09/22 10:09
Fix the tint issue copy Apple news and reduce the ads
Google news
by SSchulm14 on 2019/09/21 11:47
Provides everything needed to keep up to date from multiple sources in one place. Convenient and easy to use.
In-app dark mode removed from News on iOS following 13’s release?
by Cbc26 on 2019/09/20 21:18
I like to enable dark mode on an app-by-app basis, and while I can still do this in some apps, like YouTube, after updating to iOS 13 yesterday, News reverted to the old normal white app. This happened with a few apps, so I went into settings to change the mode back to Dark Mode within the app, but the feature is now gone! What gives?? YouTube still works fine and shows Dark Mode in the in-app settings but now I can’t use Dark Mode in news unless I globally set the mode in iOS itself.
Incomprehensible
by mhmgmhh,bo on 2019/09/19 20:47
It is incredibly hard to access the archival Rolling Stone articles that I am look no for. There is also no guide to help. Thanks for wasting my time.
Biased
by HideoutUT on 2019/09/18 22:59
More biased news from Google.
Great
by perrygiv on 2019/09/17 22:49
Must have app!!
News
by commander kang on 2019/09/17 21:59
I like the app but I prefer print news not streaming video in the lunch room. I also wonder how some of my feed is targeted but setting my topics etc is great. I would also like a quick way to clear cookies. On the whole though I love this app!
Ads
by Nickname7891 on 2019/09/17 13:34
Way too many ads. I close and report but they just keep coming. I have never clicked on any ad to open. Never have and never will. I always close ads first. I keep hoping that Google will give up and stop inundating me with ads I have zero interest in. I cannot access my list of blocked news sources getting a Server error. Google help ignores my request to fix. Articles remain in my feed for days. Google Needs to be investigated for anti trust.
Rate the “GOOGLE NEWS “
by lgifudugjtigngg on 2019/09/15 23:21
As a old guy ,who’s granddaughter is just a wiz. Understanding how to work the buttons, I thank you for the tool. Learning only getting Out what I put in. Thx. Again. D
Good Feeds without Fingering Around
by Mad Hatcher on 2019/09/14 19:07
Straight forward news feeds without the need to finger through everything. Much better than the others.
Poor content management
by igx110609 on 2019/09/14 12:13
I do not want content that requires subscriptions in my news feed, yet I am forced to read headlines from NYT and WP. No way to filter out content sources.
Noticias
by noticuas on 2019/09/14 01:55
Más noticias
Use experience
by czhang82 on 2019/09/13 16:25
I think it is very useful and convenient.
Dark theme does not work
by K.D.C on 2019/09/13 14:33
Dark theme does not work on articles. Only works on home page!
It knows me a little too well.
by Hawk_jock75 on 2019/09/13 06:02
Google News is pretty spot on to my interests and it’s pretty clear that their data gathering operation is very good at what it does. Google news has picked up, almost too well, on my love of photography and music production. That’s great for when I want to indulge in my personal interests, but when I’m genuinely looking for information to expand my understanding of the world, it doesn’t challenge me. Google news makes it extremely easy to live in your bubble. That almost scares me a little bit too much.
Articles always included from small city of no interest
by dwkru on 2019/09/12 01:34
Can’t understand why there are always included about lacrosse Wisconsin. Why would I care about this city? I’ve complained about it but they continue to be included.
Hate the zoom
by HD streetbob on 2019/09/11 03:01
Photos zoom as you’re trying to read the headlines. Makes my eyes hurt, gives me a headache. Please include that in settings so I can turn that dreadful feature off.
Way more than leaning going left
by JamesWhitt on 2019/09/10 11:58
Google sold it’s soul to the leftist agenda a long time ago. This is not news per se, rather another of the wide ranging tentacles used to covertly manipulate. Hold your nose and swallow.
Power hog!
by ronniemotoventuta on 2019/09/10 03:46
I’ve had Google News on my iPhones SE and 6S, and two budget Androids – Xiaomi Redmi 5A’s. The app obliterates power on both my iPhones like it’s the last resource on Earth, to the tune of 70% within 30 minutes’ constant reading – making it THE ultimate power hog in the phones; beating the Facebook app at that! It hardly consumes power in the Androids. What in the world is going on?!
Advertisements
by Joe 12 eoj on 2019/09/09 00:51
This is not a news app. It is an advertisement app. I’d say something like 80% of the ‘news articles’ it displayed for me were advertisements for a product or service disguised as an article.
What!
by sopetiiipoty on 2019/09/08 16:56
Why am I getting hurricane notices from last year on this app!
Biased
by 1googlesucks1 on 2019/09/05 06:44
Completely leftist biased news. Google News should just call itself a mouthpiece for the Socialist Party of America.
Not as good as it was
by Sleepy_Br0wn on 2018/10/25 02:47
I recently came across an old laptop that I hadn't turned on in about three or four years. When I turned it on it briefly couldn't find a wireless connection and open to a four year old page of Google News, the nostalgia waved over me as I looked in awe at how much better it had been. It was layed out in a more traditional newspaper fashion and was so much more informative, easier to read, and just plain looked better. On the page were all the leading stories and interesting articles on the sides, you didn't even need to scroll the page to get the gist of that days news. Now they have the same three stories by different writers hogging all the space, and the sides are the same Snopes like articles that only change once in three days. They took what once was one of my most enjoyable parts of the day and ruined it by repeating the same articles over and over, not like any newspaper I've ever seen. I switched to the Huffington Post and now pay for an online subscription to the Los Angeles Times. Google News is garbage now.
Better than it began, but still needs improvement
by SoperrepoS on 2019/05/21 13:33
After getting sick of Apple New and it’s “curated” content and weird organization scheme I’ve been giving Gnews another look. Including local news is a neat feature, but doesn’t work when you present yesterday’s weather and traffic. The Thumbs Up/Down is a nice idea, but I don’t really see much change in my content tbh. Some of the content served up is a head scratcher - articles on the opposite end of the political spectrum or things that have some relation to my location, but not really to my actual interests. My biggest complaint is the repetitive content and the glut of two bit and garbage “news” outlets and blogs. I don’t need 10 articles telling me the same thing over and over and over again. Clean up your feed, focus on legit blogs and outlets, adjust to user feedback more quickly, remove irrelevant articles (old sales, weather & traffic), and this app will be a winner. Original review from years ago: This replaced Google Currents, and has been a disappointing experience. Currents was customizable in terms of content selection and was a minimalist reader for my chosen content. This new version puts emphasis on pay walled sites and serves up preconfigured sections (like a analog newspaper). They also removed the nifty drag gesture for minimizing the current selected article.
Ruining a perfectly good app with “new & improved”
by AnalogDuck on 2018/10/15 22:48
Google, are you listening? We all came to love your services for their simplicity and focus. What was wrong with the Google News app which I’ve loved for years? Why are you dumping its simplicity for this over-engineered under-thought product? More and more you are rolling out offerings which feel more like products of Apple or Facebook. If I wanted dumbed-down, bloated apps that make decisions for me I would not be coming to Google for a solution. Why does this app not have a dark or night mode? Why are the articles with their pics so large I can only sew a couple or a few on my phone at a time —how hard would it be to add a menu option for a condensed headlines view? If I needed a Apple news app view, I would use the Apple News app. This is Google Reader all over again —killing off your most-beloved products in leu of something that integrates features your fan base don’t care about while dumping those that do. It would not be hard to add a traditional or classic view to this app for those users who prefer the layout they’ve been using for years with the prior Google News app. I just deleted this app, and I’m not returning to it until you at least provide a sensible, condensed view free of clutter and massive article photos.
Too slow... gotta go
by MrCrownCity on 2018/05/24 17:48
The improvements are great. I had deleted the previous version because it was unreliable - some features would just randomly not work. Though the new version doesn’t seem to have that issue... I found myself waiting up to 30 seconds (or more) for an article to come up after I’d clicked on it. This is on a new phone, with the latest OS, often using WiFi at home. I tried with no other apps running - same thing. I’m surprised that no one else seems to mind the lag. Sometimes I only have 2 or 3 minutes to check the news. If I want to review more than 3 articles, It’s likely I’ll spend most of that time just standing there, staring at a processing icon. I don’t know about everyone else’s news reviewing habits, but to me, an app with this much lag time between articles is simply not useful. I’m better served using that time on email and waiting to do my news surfing on a computer. Or just using another app. The Apple news app does not have this problem at all. If the speeds were the same, I’d prefer the Google news app; content and customization features are better. However, as is, I just can’t justify making the switch, as much as I’d like to - can’t afford the downtime. I’ll check it out again in another 6 months or so.
Review
by Hazim Brown on 2018/09/10 02:09
Now, this is not a complaint, but rather insight on my recent experience. Of course, the app is a wonderful app, that’s why I kept it for so long. I have one thing I just noticed today. On my iPhone SE (less than 5 months old), after charging my phone and taking it off the charger at 87% battery life, I immediately used the app. I went on one particular article and out of nowhere, the article disappeared (white screen) and my battery DROPPED to 82% in a blink of an eye. Now, I thought it’s nothing too big, went back in the article, and the same thing happens. The article disappeared (white screen) and my battery life DROPPED to 78% like a skyscraper. Of course, the first thing to pop in my head is there’s something wrong with my battery, so I check the health of it, and it’s fine. No other app does this. This is the first time something like this has happened. If this happens again, I have no choice but to delete the app. Please see into this. This is a great app, and I don’t want to delete it. Thank you.
Meh
by JDCambridge on 2018/10/23 14:09
This new version is pretty, but feels more like infotainment eye candy than a news portal. I used to go to the old Google news to quickly scan top stories, view a few alternative headlines to get a sense of different media perspectives, and then dive into stories of interest. It was usually easy to figure out which story was text versus only video so I could choose which to view. This new version of Google News is not designed for any of that. Instead, it’s a screen with giant quasi-animated images with moving titling that snare my attention even though the story has no interest to me. It’s distracting and the scrolling text makes me wonder whose editorial opinion I’m seeing, where the old summaries didn’t. It also takes longer to scan through than the old summaries. I can only see two or three stories at a time so have to scroll forever for even a small sample. It now starts in the Favorites section, which lists a weird combination of stories, many of which I do not find interesting but I don’t see an easy way to curate. Further, the fact that it automatically logs in with whatever account it finds, even on a shared device where a few of us have different gmail accounts, is annoying.
Important features do not work
by Tollenfel on 2019/04/30 15:43
For example, options to filter out unwanted content fail. Personal preference is paramount. If I cannot customize my experience, I find it very difficult to continue using the App. Google should know me better by now. I provide enough feedback through the App for a proper algorithm, but it is like no matter how many times I tell Google NO about something, they tend to come back with a YES response, which is quite argumentative, rude and provocative. If I say I do not want to see a source, Google does nothing about it, other than gather data on my preferences. Gathering preference data and not implementing it to accommodate preference feels like being swindled. I gave you my preference, but instead of RESPECTING my preference, I am constantly DISRESPECTED every time Google ignores my preference data. A data-harvesting algorithm is useless if you drive users away with BAD DESIGN.
Best
by pdjguejebf on 2018/05/17 03:53
I switched from the CNN app and Twitter to get my news through here. I like the new “For You” tab. The interface is a lot cleaner and quicker if you just want curated news. I like that you can tap headlines and see latest news. It’s more national focused, while I have the curated one suited to my interests and local stuff. It’s a really nice way to see the news without other people’s opinions in the way. The new app is a lot cleaner and easier to use. As a student taking advanced classes it’s important for me to keep up with news and in general keep up with the news. The news has become a very important thing in my generation now. I think it’s important to know where you are getting your news from and this app does it right. It’s not just one source it’s many so you gain perspective.
My most-used app, but I have a wish list
by Rkj0053 on 2019/04/13 21:47
Google News is far better than Apple’s news app. First and foremost, Google’s has a more natural scrolling feel (like Safari or other browsers), while Apple’s is overly sensitive in comparison (a slight scroll sends me halfway down an article). I also like Google’s rate of updates throughout the day and the customizability their app provides (not as good as it used to be however). I’m able to block news providers as a whole on Google (like when random British tabloids of ill repute kept showing up, I was easily able to block their content). Wish Google supported comments within the app like it used to (now have to navigate into the browser to view/reply). Also, the ability within the app to choose to view articles in Safari is now more limited. I now have to copy paste the articles into Safari instead of just clicking “open in Safari.”
Please bring back the old version
by bitoguy on 2019/03/30 20:57
May 30 Update. After many months I decided to try Google News again. Still the same huge distracting graphics. Still the limited feeds that lean far left. So many other reviewers say the same thing yet the amateurish graphics dominate still. Deleting this again. Not worth my time in this format. I’ll try again with high hopes in six months or so. I want so much to like this app! The new Google News is just plain horrible. The amateurish look is something a high school kid would create, full of big pictures and missing the ability to quickly scroll through headlines to find articles of interest without those glaring pictures distracting you until you just give up. Gone is the ability to use keywords of your choice to create a news tab, you can only choose from their limited lists. Google News now has the look of those webpages that are full of sensational gossip articles rather than raw news. Please bring back the old version.
Miss the old version, but this is what we’ve got!
by terrilee_nc on 2018/10/15 04:48
I’m disappointed with this new iteration of Google News. It seems more focused on clickbait and less on topics I’m really interested in. And after carefully curating my news feed in the old version, it seems I’m back at square one and have to recreate my preferences. The old version is no longer available-a week or so ago, it deleted all my preferences, though it still showed news, so I reluctantly deleted it. As others have commented, I wish I could select my preferred and NOT preferred sources, but Google hasn’t allowed that for some time. I just ignore the stories from “Faux News”, though I wish there was a “thumbs down” or “show less” option to fine tune my stories. Ah well. Google is less interested in sharing information these days and more in selling ads. I have two main news feed apps and I just scroll both and hope for the best!
Fantastic News App
by _james___ on 2018/05/21 04:51
This is honestly my favorite way to get my news now. Not only does it have a beautiful user interface, but it aggregates so much useful information together for you that just saves you time. For example if there's a big national story, many similar stories from various news organizations are aggregated together, which is nice because you get all the perspectives from Fox News to CNN. I also love how it's automatically personalized. Google, in my opinion does a great job of using the data they already have on you, while also giving you the option to personalize even more if you prefer. Great app, would highly recommend!
No longer worth my time
by itsChas on 2018/10/19 12:27
The new version of this app is an enormous dissappointment. It now serves me huge swaths of visual (and oh great, moving) panels of news that are hardly relevant to me are difficult and sometimes obnoxious to scan. I don’t even understand how to train the algorithm to do a better job, because the only customization I can find when, for instance, I am served sensationalized local news stories picked up by the networks, is to eliminate the entire network as a news source, which is absurd. My old customizations are gone. This has gone from a smart, fast way to absorb a lot of information to a dumb, flashy slog which I continue to open out of habit but am now abandoning. It looks better and more immersive, but contains significantly less substance and value. Also, I hope Google is getting a cut of all the paywalls this app crashes you into now. No idea how this could come from a company that theoretically knows more about my web and news habits, whether I like it or not, than any other.
Who wants 5 versions of the same story?
by John Vasi on 2019/01/22 13:06
This new format makes you wade through multiple versions of the same news story. In the older format, you could choose to look at expanded coverage if you wanted to. This is just tedious scrolling—and fewer actual stories. Am I missing a way to collapse the coverage to one report for each news story? —with the option to look at other coverage if I chose to do so? I couldn’t see any way to collapse these repetitious listing. It should be up to the user to customize how the articles are presented. I loved the old Google news. This is dumb. One more thing: when I look at the 69,000+ reviews, I see that the average rating is 4.5 stars. Yet, when I scroll through the recent reviews, at least half, maybe more, give it very few stars. Are the 69K reviews including your past versions of Google News which was much better? Something’s wrong here... And one additional note: today I clicked on a story from the WSJ, but was unable to read it because I don’t have a WSJ subscription. It would make sense to tell users “subscription required to read article” before sending them on a wasted digital trip. Or better yet, don’t include links to articles that the general public can’t access. I have to agree with other reviewers that this is a form of click bait that benefits the publishers of the WSJ, not the dupes on Google News whose time is wasted.
Needs lots of improvements
by DjCancun on 2018/06/06 00:53
The simple desktop version of news was wonderful. It was customized based on my personal preference and easy to read the news that mattered to me. Articles were arranged by the my chosen topics as well as common topics such as technology, national, local, sports, etc. The app makes it difficult to find articles on the topics that matter to me. While the old desktop news page would update daily, I find the same news articles suggested for me over several days, even after reading the article. I understand the aesthetic choices for the app, but sometimes we just want things to be simple and easy to find. The desktop was closer to the ease of finding news articles in a newspaper where the app is more scroll and hope I find an article that interests me.
One sided
by Shawn112233445566 on 2018/09/30 06:29
more recently Ive noticed the extreme left news articles non stop. Completely one sided. And then the jimmy Kimmel bashes trump skits...you know the guy famous from the man show...the show that was about everything that he now makes fun of republicans for...(hypocritical much) it’s honestly disturbing how 1 dimensional the news has gotten. I’d like 1 news source that’s actually open minded and not pushing their companies views or agendas. I’ve hit the do not show or fewer stories option and literally have had that very same article pop up 10 more times. We get it google you’re left. Cool I don’t care I also don’t care about what some celebrity ate and the fact I have to ignore 10 of the same articles only to have them reappear is irritating. At 1st I thought google news was better then apple news...now I think they’re both on the same level of junk.
A truly unpleasant experience.
by kilnelf on 2019/07/10 17:17
I have been using this app for a few days now. Despite my repeated attempts to dismiss news stories about Burger King’s new 1$ tacos using the “Show fewer stories like this” option, which I have done more than 20 times, the app continues to present me with article after article about the tacos. The same goes for celebrity gossip stories, sports articles, tech product reviews, and any article that mentions the name “Phillip Schofield.” I would estimate that I have dismissed around 100 to 150 articles about these topics, but they continue to show up more frequently than anything else lose in my feed. Show me well written articles about politics, foreign policy, economics, criminal justice, or anything of actual substance from a genuine news source, please! Even “following” specific topics and sources doesn’t seem to do anything. I’ll be deleting the app as soon as I am done with the review.
Pretty good
by Joel_software_developer on 2018/09/22 13:15
I’ve always like google as a news aggregator. The “for you” section is pretty good at suggesting relevant articles. The top news section is decent when it comes to showing articles from the right and left sides of the news spectrum. My only complaint is that if I’m using the app and have scrolled down a lot, and have to leave the app for a minute and open another app... sometimes when I open google news again it refreshes rather than leaving me where I left off. This can be annoying because I have to scroll past a lot of stuff to try to figure out where I was at. And sometimes it will even refresh the ordering. I wish it would wait for me to tell it if I want to refresh.
Superior to the Apple News app, easily
by KyloRen1 on 2018/11/01 00:13
I have used the Apple News app religiously before discovering Google had their own alternative. Apple News is built into iOS making it convenient but I had one continuing issue during our time together, no matter how many times I marked certain types of articles/editorials with ‘dislike’ it seemingly had no affect on my news feed. Google News doesn’t have this problem, in fact within a week it seems to have already figured out what stories I want to read and which ones I don’t. This is something Apple News didn’t do in well over a year of use. Thank you Google!
Better than Apple News, but still not great
by Happy Clickr 7326385 on 2018/09/13 19:02
Google News is substantially better than Apple News in respect to the selection of news shown; I especially appreciate the local news. On the negative side though, it’s hard to fathom how a company like Google, that can make their search so intelligent, can do such a poor job of showing me the news I am interested in “For you”. I can tell tell it to “show fewer stories like this” on every single story on a topic (such as Winter Olympics) and I still have stories on that topic cluttering my news - even showing again the very same stories I just marked.
Missing some key features.
by willdan444 on 2018/08/12 21:55
My biggest problem is that I am afraid to use the ‘more/less stories like this’ feature. Some stories have so many different topics that it is hard to just say ‘less’ when I don’t know what I am exactly saying ‘less’ to. What if I like some parts of the story, but dislike others? Samsung has a feature when I say I like a story and want more it asks which parts I want more of. Then I can say less and it asks which parts I want less of. It gave me a much more customized news feed. Now I don’t want to say ‘less’ because maybe it talks about a sports team I like, but I don’t want to say ‘more’ because last time I did that I kept getting stories about a team I don’t like because they were mentioned once in the article.
Best in Class with a Bug or Two
by I Luv Surfer Girlz on 2019/10/04 16:26
I honestly prefer Google News over Apple News because it incorporates my Google search history and provides stories I might like. The problem with that is it “uses my Google search history to provides stories I might like”. Apple News uses learning too but while it’s more private and isolated on my device, it’s siloed. Whereas Google gives me a far reaching spread of news tailored for me by my behavior. The iOS app refreshes when I leave the app (while reading an article). This is annoying because when I go to return to the article, the app refreshes and goes to the “for me” section from the start so I can’t return to the article that I wasn’t finished with.
Push notifications only work sporadically
by Embassy1010 on 2019/08/27 17:30
It would be the best news reader I’ve ever used if the notifications worked properly. I’ve tried reinstalling it and the notifications come back for a couple days, but then stop again. Otherwise I love it. It has a great range of sources. It seems to learn what I’m interested in much better than Apple News. I love the “full coverage” button that brings up stories related to the one I’m reading. The layout is both pleasing and functional. I like that there’s a tab for stories tailored to me and another for top headlines in general. If they fix the notifications, or if you’re lucky and don’t experience that bug, it’s an easy 5 stars for me.
Adding to Disappointment
by Zerkry on 2018/11/10 20:20
Poorly designed app. This is the only app that competes with Apple News, which is terrible. This is my main smartphone app. I spend more than a dozen hours a week using it. What did you do!?! I hate it. The feed doesn’t load sometimes. The app freezes. The feed stops loading, while reading. Requiring you to reload the app and losing your place. The curation is worse. The local news is gone. The app is a battery hog. The app using too much data for a news app. Why is it always trying to run in the background? Why is it better at loading content while I’m not using it? The news isn’t updating as often. The main draw for Google News is that it’s always updating new content. The full coverage feature is great, when the app works. Please pay a couple of people to tighten this app up for us Google. Discouraged news junkie. 😥
Smh
by CavScout1990 on 2019/01/08 15:10
I have deleted multiple apps due to the fact that anything, remotely close to republican, conservative news channels are not shown. It’s not fair it’s frankly depressing that people who run apps like this do balance correctly. The whole point of the media and journalism is to bring the truth to the table and let the people choose what to believe. Instead it’s so heavy in one direction it paints a picture that only one viewpoint is worthy of your time and only one viewpoint is correct. I am an army vet and a conservative, however I read all news and compare, It is very difficult to do so when I can’t even find fox in the newsstand section, Hell I didn’t see one middle ground channel in the newsstand section. So yet again I have to delete this app and find someone with some balls to run a balanced channel. Thank you.
App is at times great, but often infuriating
by leebassett on 2018/08/16 12:28
I have used the Google News app almost exclusively since it was called Google Play Newsstand. Over the last few weeks, I have migrated more and more over to the Apple News app. My biggest issues have been resets and looping. Looping: I start reading a story, set the phone down or move my attention to a conversation then come back to my phone to discover that the article I was reading had closed and the app had reset to the home screen. That article is no longer shown on the home screen list at all. Resets: Stories on the home screen loop endlessly, the same 12 to 15 stories appear in the order as I scroll time after time no matter how far down I scroll. I will continue to try to use this app, if only out of habit, but it has fallen behind the Apple app in terms of user-friendliness and usefulness.
Junked up version of classics Google News site
by Light&Sound on 2018/07/23 23:50
I’ve always used the Google News website. Simple and efficient. This app is like getting that new laptop with a desktop covered with cr*p ware and bloatware. I looks much fancier and is much more dynamic with all kinds of auto-play video headlines scrolling by. So much more bandwidth intensive. Not good if your internet is not the fastest. The stories are interspersed with VASTLY more adds and “sponsored” items. It takes 10x longer to scroll through and get a sense of what’s going on. In fact I have no sense of what’s going on the way news is presented in this app. Google news was very simple and logical. The logic and simplicity is lost in all the new flashiness. Lastly, the targeted “news” items and adds are much more obvious. I don’t like this because it shows you what it thinks you want to see. This is more like Fox and CNN where they specialize giving you our own opinion back to you. They help you create your own vacuum chamber. I’m trying to make my own world of knowledge larger, not smaller. That said, if you like to get your news like you’re just browsing the internet and you’ve got all day, then this is the App for you.
News by some media is bias
by jhb.falcon on 2018/10/24 16:32
Some of our media for reason perhaps not liking president Trump or his politics and policies have become clearly out of order, instance of obvious prejudice and reversed news have become daily news, transparency and reports of real news without taking side are long gone for example most media instead of bring news as is, have been ruthlessly picking on our president and most government officials only to discredit or ruin our government which in fact would ruin us the Americans, I understand that google is just distributing such media but looks like google is aiding and abetting such wrongs, yet I like google and hope would improve its view to the point of distinction between false and truth, thank you, John
Ads Disguised as News
by Strumdrum on 2018/11/24 18:47
This is such a downgrade from the old Google News and Weather app it’s hard to fully explain. Gone are the days of easily skimming through the headlines and finding interesting articles. Now, google insists on bombarding you with a visual kaleidoscope of pictures that serve as click bait. The worst part however, are the constant advertisements to products that google wants me to buy. I can understand and even put up with advertisements. It’s an unfortunate reality in Google’s ecosystem. What I can not abide, however, are advertisements disguised as news articles. This is deceptive and makes the app almost useless for me. I don’t have time to weed through articles to see what is real and what is a cash grab. There is no way to turn this off. I can turn off personalized ads but not ads altogether. Bad play Google. Bad play.
Too much scrolling needed
by Mj4m3s on 2018/08/23 23:37
The new version of the News app makes it much harder to get a good overview of the news with a simple glance. Now, there is so much scrolling up/down required to see all the headlines (on an iPhone 7-plus) so it takes much longer to see what you want to read first. This new app feels like it was designed for a tablet and is not very optimal for viewing on smaller phone screens. The previous version was better in that you could quickly read 10 article headlines at a time with minimal scrolling needed, then a swipe left goes to the next category where there’s 10 more headlines to view. I wish there was an option for more text, smaller video/photo size, so that I could see more headlines at once (call it condensed/compact mode).
New app likes and faults
by Rjboha on 2018/10/11 00:16
I realize that it takes adjustment to new things. You guys have put great digital creativity into your app. Unfortunately it is hard to scroll through for content that you want to read. The moving photos are distracting and I find that I have to continually readjust my vision and focus while reading. Not fun. I find that I turn your app off as it is almost nauseating. I’m not stuck on old ways but, I enjoyed your old app much better. It was fast and I could scroll through news articles picking out the ones I wanted to read in 1:5 the time.
Autoplay of videos ruins my music listening and reading
by autoplay annoyance on 2018/10/23 22:50
I am not super impressed with the App. I like the option of other sources to read articles, but I already had that with the old app. I don’t like large pictures with headlines. I enjoyed being able to scroll through for the headlines I was interested in. It just takes more time and is more of an annoyances seeing photos of Trump screaming at some rally over and over again. My biggest frustration is the autoplay on videos. As I scroll through for articles to read while listening to music, my music will suddenly cut out and it will start playing a video which I just scrolled past. It drives me crazy and turns my opportunity to read the news and enjoy some music to something very frustrating.
Good start but real bad ram hog
by Jd077 on 2018/07/27 20:29
This app seems decent on the surface but the ram it uses is typical google. Like chrome browser it uses all the resources it can take while running. You can be on a page and leave the app to do anything else. When you return the app has refreshed and you lost the article you were reading. This happens constantly. Apple news will run in the background for hours with multiple apps open in the background. I also wish you could chose to open an article in a browser and not the internal browser built into the app. Then your forced to once again ask it to go to a browser like safari. Obviously this is google trying to keep tabs on what you do on the page you’re requesting in browser. This is intrusive.
Too many pictures. Too disorganized. Takes to long to see headlines
by Ambjg on 2018/10/19 04:40
I liked the old google news because I could quickly scroll down thru the headlines to see what was new in the several sections and several countries I follow. Sadly, efficiency was replaced by disorganized cuteness and pretty pictures. Now I have to waste time clicking on section headings and then more section headings and then waste time looking for small headlines inside screen filling pictures. Gosh darn it. I want news. I want headlines. I want to quickly see what is news. I don’t know what the employment and training background are of those who designed this, but I suspect it has nothing to do with finding information but rather just with making pretty stuff. Please restore the scrollable, compact headlines to one efficiently designed page.
So much better than Apple News!
by Justdave42day on 2018/07/28 01:50
In an article today in Business Insider there was a comparison of Apple News and Google News. Let me begin by saying that I really didn’t even know that a Google News existed. Smh. In the article “hands down” (as it said) the Google News was far superior, and I totally agree!! I have much, much, much more control over the articles I see, can blend in local news and it’s MUCH more user friendly. This is an excellent alternative. Btw, Yahoo is a joke. Get Google News, you will be hugely pleased.
Google Ruins a Great Product
by Ortgort2 on 2018/08/31 14:10
Once again Google has ruined a great product by forcing us to change from the old Google News app to a brand new version. Like many others, I don’t want large photos, but just a list of headlines arranged by topics/locations with the 1st line or 2 of the article included with the headline — and the ability to quickly click a drop-down arrow to see 3 or 4 additional media sources on the story, and the ability to see “Local” stories for various media markets I am interested in. For that service I don’t mind seeing ads, which i know are necessary for Google to make it all worthwhile. I don’t see myself using the new app at all, and my impression of Google is greatly diminished. May find another search engine and another browser while I’m at it.
Horribly slow
by KingArthurVI on 2018/05/18 01:21
There are a ton of UI lag and jittery scrolling even on the iPhone X. For instance after leaving an article as the app finishes loading the “related articles” section underneath the previously opened article the screen freezes before having that section slide down becoming visible. Articles are also loading very slowly and even the loading spinner gets stuck mid-spin sometimes, obviously the app is doing too much on the main thread. Being unable to view articles in Safari view controller is also a huge bummer, as ads really do slow down AND clutter up the news reading experience. Overall, this is a move in the right direction but at this time I’m staying on Tweetbot and reading news in the ad-free environment that is Safari view controller.
How bad can you actually make an app?
by Lennys26 on 2018/10/13 14:48
- Too much clutter. - Huge videos and images are distracting. - There are tabs but it is not clear why, and the information is not organized within the tabs. - I seem to have lost my custom news topics, so much of what I am seeing is not relevant nor what I want to read. - Suggestions/recomendations are not what I want. Really??? Is this what you think we really want? All I want is a simple, small sampling of my news from the categories that I have selected. I do not want ‘recomendations’, video stories, random articles as pushed by Google analytic engines, nor what is ‘trending’. I also don’t want changing and morphing photos for my news feed. This is a terrible design. Super distracting and clearly pushing certain stories over others based on some algorithm. The old app started suggesting that I upgrade a few weeks ago and that the old version is no longer supported. It is still working so I will be deleting the ‘new’ version immediately and will continue to use the old one until it stops working. When it does stop, I will find another tool. The new Google News app is not going to be an option.
Lots of garbage; doesn’t remember where you were
by chickengrrl on 2019/06/14 18:34
For some reason, Google News thinks I need every single Carolyn Hax (advice) column every time I open the app, and that I need to read every single article ever written about eczema (and, of course, especially *products* for it). It also doesn’t remember my place — if I’m reading an article and have to exit (but not close) the app to, say, answer the phone or send a text, when I return, it takes me to a (refreshed) home screen, with no way to return to where I was. Fix this, Google, and maybe you’ll become my go-to news app. Right now I only use it when I need to search for something, since the otherwise-far-better SmartNews doesn’t include a search function.
Became just like every other news app
by rbx4 on 2018/12/13 16:11
Google News and Weather was a good app. You could like or dislike topics to customize your feed. It was abandoned in favor of this app that instead allegedly lets you like or dislike sources. The problems are that topics are better than sources for this feature, and feed customization does not even work well in this app. If you dislike a source in one part of the feed it will turn up somewhere else or on the next day. If you dislike all the sources covering an uninteresting topic, a pitiful Twitter post will be left over, and Twitter cannot be blocked in this app. So the nature of this app is revealed as a front end for Twitter trends and related news articles. It is not up to Google standards.
Worse than old version by far (Updated Oct 10, 2018)
by radwil on 2018/10/15 22:57
***UPDATE: as of October 15th 2018, Google has stopped serving news to the old version of the app without making any improvements to new version. I’ll be finding a new news aggregator. Please do let me know when you add a more concise format, organized by topic, and a dark mode. Original review below.*** I don’t understand. Why are the pictures for articles over 1/2 of a screen in size? I don’t need a giant picture with everything. The old app had 5 headlines on screen at the same time with convenient drop down menus for more sources. It was concise and useful. The new app has about 1.5 headlines on screen and has to open a new page and load more giant pictures to see more sources. Why is there no dark mode? I just want to read! It takes about a third of the time to skim an article compared to watching a video! I just don’t see anything here that makes me want to switch from the old version, so I’ll stick with that. Compact mode, dark mode, and defaulting to the headlines section need to happen before I even consider switching.
Need better trash filter
by TGF2 on 2018/10/11 10:37
First time I used the app, I stumbled onto a lengthy story about why Judge Judy plans to retire to promote her amazing anti-aging cream. It was loaded with authentic-looking details and endorsements from Ellen and other celebrities and offered a free sample... I would have dismissed it all as blatant fraud had it appeared on Facebook. Because it appeared here, I went looking for confirmation or refutation. I found absolutely nothing about JJ’s cream... Rather, I found that she just renewed her contract for a huge amount of money. Returning to GNews, I couldn’t find the story. It apparently had disappeared — presumably because someone who screens stories eventually recognized it as trash. I wonder how many suckers fell for it in the interim.
Downward Spiral of Content
by nostrajonny on 2018/09/05 17:45
I have been a Google News reader for many many years, and with each update over the last x years the ability to find and read a diverse set of content has slowly been eliminated. The most recent release of this new app presents me with *two* articles when I log-in, with a majority of the space used for pictures instead of text. In the early days, you could open the app and be presented with likely up to 10 different articles/sources to choose from and you could choose what direction the information took you in. User interfaces are getting less usable to a curious reader, and information selections are being drastically reduced. You are taking away the power of the user to choose, and more importantly removing the opportunity to think about what to look at. Google... please consider a more text rich interface where readers can be presented with rich diversity of content vs. rich color photos for only a few articles. Very likely an individual that craves information has already viewed sources that you are presenting them in some form or fashion.
Make that one star - incredibly sluggish
by randallkerr on 2018/08/15 13:43
After using this app a little longer, I have reconsidered my original review of two stars. Now, I am downgrading this terrible app to only one star... I didn’t think it possible, but the new Google News app is even more sluggish than the original app - what an incredible disappointment! Poorly designed navigation, jittery scrolling, slow screen loads, and still no text-only view with adjustable fonts and colors - welcome back to the bad old days. But hey, at least Google finally fixed the article sharing arrow that has been broken for multiple releases in the original. Google, if you are smart, you will fire this product management team immediately and find a group that actually cares about user experience!
Step in the wrong direction
by Franc1990 on 2018/10/09 01:14
Google news used to be a good app to use in order to look through headlines of Google’s sections as well as your own created sections based on search terms, allowing 3 stories per section and an ability to drill into a headline and find similar stores from alternative publications. The attempt of Google to be more visually appealing is ruinous for people who are here to simple browse and read. Google News on the web has followed the same trend, dumbing down the content to appeal more to people who don’t prefer reading. Unfortunately, i disagree with the decisions here - however, that’s fine. I would like to see more freedom of choice rather than now feeling like a dumbed down app and platform is now habitual for me. Change is not always progress.
New Google News User
by Blazer..er on 2018/08/02 15:09
I made the switch a week ago after reading an article that compared Google News and Apple News; Google was obviously the clear winner. The variety Google offers IS much better. It breaks up the monotony of Trump headlines unlike Apple News. However, my balloon buster is the fact that I’m not able to highlight a word in an article I’m reading in Google News and have the option to look that word up. I hope you can change this because I do prefer Google News over Apple News after just a few days trial but I also enjoy learning new words to expand my vocabulary.
Turn off auto video playing
by mrd710 on 2018/12/28 03:59
Dear Google… I do not want videos to auto play and stop the music playing in the background on my iPad. Please at least make this a setting that we can change manually. I can’t scroll more than three or four articles now on the main page without the video starting and forcing my music to stop. This is a serious bug and it’s causing me to stop using the app because I want to keep listening to music while I read my articles. Please fix this bug ASAP. Please also give me the option to stop auto playing videos. I do not want them in anyway shape or form. I will play a video if I want. I am well and truly capable of deciding if I want to play a video or not. I do not need you shoving videos in my face.
Doesn’t utilize screen space correctly
by 18643 on 2018/10/15 04:42
On an iPad or iPhone I should be able to see at least 5 to 10 articles. This app creates massive pictures for articles and you can only see 1 or 2 articles at a time. Terrible update to the much better older version of news. The MSN News app that I have been using in beta is much better. This is Google”s attempt to compete with Apple News and Flipboard, but fails massively. The old app that let you easily scroll thru article sections was much better and easier. Having to scroll on the top through categories is inefficient. Also, all articles in this app need to support AMP. It is much better to go to RSS feeds and Reeder app or to use Apple News or Microsoft News. Google has lost its way.
Old version infinitely better than this one
by zenomax on 2018/11/09 15:30
I want my news aggregator to show a list of all (or at least most of) the headlines on one screen. Google News used to do that but no longer does. I don’t know whose idea it was to have each story represented by a huge image that takes up practically the whole screen. But that person should be fired. What a dramatic waste of space! I refuse to scroll down many screens just to get a complete list of the main stories. If I could configure it to eliminate the images & just go back to a list of headlines, then that would be ok. But no such luck. I’ve moved on to the Smart News app, which is better than the Google News app ever was.
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Google News organizes what’s happening in the world to help you learn more about the stories that matter to you. With Google News, you’ll see: Your briefing – It can be nearly impossible to keep up with every story you care about. With your briefing, easily stay in the know about what’s important and relevant to you. Your briefing updates throughout the day bringing you the top five stories you need to know, including local, national, and world content. Full coverage – Understand the full context on any story with just a tap. Google News gives you everything online about a story and organizes it for you – highlighting different perspectives, a timeline of key events, FAQs, important people, and more. Credible sources – Find quality content from a diverse set of credible publishers and discover sources you haven’t heard of before. Stories, for you – Keep up with what’s happening on the topics you care about, whether that’s travel, politics, sports, tech, or fashion.
On again off again
by Me12335r on 2019/10/18 16:04
I really hate to hate but this app is a burden. Half the time the stories won’t load, other times it just won’t update any stories. Apple News starting to look better. If Google would just fix a few flaws it’d be the perfect app.
Critical functionality broken
by PhilW62 on 2019/10/18 11:52
With recent versions on IOS 13, we’ve lost the ability to leave a story and then come back to it later. Whenever I leave the app (to read an email, for instance), when I return to the app I’m returned to the top of the home page, and I have to search for the story again and find my place. Very frustrating, I’ve deleted the app and using the web version until this is fixed.
Block function doesn’t work
by Roger Bryan on 2019/10/18 01:29
No matter how many times you tell this app you don’t want to see stories about Cardi B they still come up over and over again. I thought I would be able to craft a newsfeed that matches my interests. Not the case with this app. Finally deleted it.
Not Relevant
by Vir2ul1 on 2019/10/18 01:01
Too much news that's outdated or repetitive.
Best Overall Media Aggregator
by Pone_Tony on 2019/10/17 16:15
If you must only use one point source for your news media, you could obviously do much worse than Google. ***You should always try to do your own digging to avoid living in a bubble, but this app will deliver the noisiest headlines with absolute reliability.*** YMMV.
Trump bashing
by uncle morg on 2019/10/17 02:51
All Trump bashing all the time. Something other then Trump has happened in the world today. Try to open your eyes and see what else is going on in the world. Thank you.
Muchas actualizaciones
by Luis Osmel on 2019/10/17 00:32
La aplicación está muy bien, solo que no hay porque actualizar tan seguido. No hace falta. Saludos Luis Osmel
Fans de noticias
by el tunero on 2019/10/17 00:12
Reviso cada día este situación porque las noticias son muy bien redactadas y actualizadas Gracias
Closes article you are reading if you switch apps
by chrishaw177 on 2019/10/16 22:21
Poor performance, if you are reading an article and switch apps to text or read an email and come back to the app it opens on the starting page and your article is gone.
App reloads too often; very ANNOYING!!
by jlinx2000 on 2019/10/16 16:06
Google News app tends to reload from scratch to often. This is very annoying when you read an news article, switch to another app to do something for a few minutes and then comes back to see Google News app no longer shows the article you were reading. Instead you ended up staring at the refreshed home page of Google News. Neither Apple News nor Microsoft News app have this problem. Also many news articles are displayed in small fonts which strain my eyes. Apple News has the best font rendering (font type and size) of all news app on iOS. The only thing I like about Google News over Apple News is the way it presents news articles on the main page and many news articles have additional “Full Coverage” option.
Heavy handedly Google in the worst ways
by m0nsoon on 2019/10/16 12:24
Opening an article in safari, outside of the app sandbox, requires FIVE clicks!! 5! That’s crazy. Getting prompted to sign in with a google account repeatedly is a routine annoyance. The amount of telemetry data that google captures and transmits when you just read a simple article is insane I counted well over twenty trackers. Give me a break google. Stop being such a shitbag of a company. Congress is already after you for acting monopolistically. This is adding fuel to the fire.
Terrible
by Scanner4200000 on 2019/10/16 03:57
Crashes often
Great potential, but needs improvement
by Dannyighsu on 2019/10/15 22:21
- recommendation model doesn’t seem to account for things like duration of read, articles passed by, etc. - app returns to home very frequently after backgrounding with an article open. Makes me lose track of what I was reading - subcategories besides my feed should be personalized to individual as well, e.g. “headlines”
Absolute Garbage
by scotthilt on 2019/10/15 00:41
Google News is absolute garbage. No matter how much I favorite or block a topic or source, I still see random stories and topics I don’t want to read. Not relevant to me at all. Google broke Google News. Uninstalled!
Can’t forward links or stories
by Nptexas1 on 2019/10/14 21:37
I check the news less often on google now. New format isn’t an improvement, it’s just change for the sake of change. I cannot copy a link to share stories. That’s just dumb.
Ignores feed preferences
by Smittyou812 on 2019/10/14 13:13
I have tried literally dozens of times to hide all from CNN and it completely ignores this. It is obvious Google wants to push a certain “news” narrative even at the expense of the user. Uninstalling.
ABOUT THE ADS
by sorry4ever on 2019/10/13 23:24
PLEASE EXCUSE THE CAPS. MY IPHONE IS SHOWING ME ONLY TINY FONT. I’M NOT YELLING, HONEST. ANYWAY, I LIKE THE APP BUT I GET ANNOYED AT THE ADS ON THE BOTTOM OF THE SCREEN. I PREFER THE ADS INLINE WITH THE ARTICLE. HOWEVER, I WOULD APPRECIATE IT IF THEY WERE NOT EASY TO ACCIDENTALLY TAP. SO FAR, SO GOOD. THANK YOU.
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by ruxje on 2019/10/13 12:38
I would like to be able to return to what I was reading when I follow a link in a story
Unsure
by DelJonesy on 2019/10/13 03:22
Unsure, tried for a short time.
Googled News ...
by Conosor on 2019/10/12 18:36
Works for me! I am able to select topics of my own interests. I can settle for a summary, with key quotations pulled from the published media source, and a hot link to the source if I wish to read the entire source article, video, etc. This one is well done by Google.
Siempre al día
by olaidy on 2019/10/12 10:40
Excelente para estar bien informado con la realidad nacional e internacional Gracias
Okay
by Alex a.k.a. Philbert on 2019/10/12 01:29
Too many useless features that sometimes get in the way. Also, when I click on a story from my notification center, it doesn’t open up the story. It just opens the app.
Save yourself time using this app
by Former paying user on 2019/10/11 17:01
Local rural news isn’t accurate or up to date. Stories are not selected which feature both liberal and conservative views.
Bring Back the scrollbar
by Red dragonsky on 2019/10/11 16:27
I had been on iOS 13 beta for months, I loved the scroll bar as it made it very easy to read headlines. Now it’s gone, every time I use it I miss it
Block news source does not work
by Rmtaber on 2019/10/11 14:34
The app features an option to block a specific news source. Unfortunately, this feature does not work. You can even star preferred news sources...that feature does not work either. The app continues to display random news sources, none that I starred and at the top is always the source I blocked
Why include Fox
by retired usmc 70 on 2019/10/11 00:15
Incite violence with fake news and white supremacy. Disinformation will collapse civilization.
What
by Kerinx on 2019/10/10 21:50
Too many fake websites to many unrequested news from dubious sources
Don’t try to listen to music while using this!
by BenJetson on 2019/10/10 21:15
Google News worked flawlessly on Android, but on iOS it still needs some work. I couldn’t figure out why my music kept pausing while using this app until I noticed the auto-playing silent videos. This feature needs to not override the system media controls (especially since the videos don’t actually play any audio until clicked). You can disable autoplaying videos entirely, but that isn’t a great solution since this shouldn’t be a problem in the first place.
no stories will load
by fristratef driver number two on 2019/10/10 13:17
no stories will load. two days now. i’m dumping this app. can’t ten thousand overpaid computer programmers make the software work correctly??
Slanted
by hwysbd on 2019/10/10 13:02
Slanted liberal
I like it now
by johnnyboy5000 on 2019/10/10 00:07
I like that I can block news sources that I don’t like. I’m still not crazy about the animated news slides.
Great app til recently
by Codegeek1701 on 2019/10/09 07:36
Until recently, this has been my go to news app. However, it started refreshing nearly every time I switch apps if I respond to a game, email, etc going to the top of the feeds with some of the stories gone. Even if I’m in the middle of reading of story. Unacceptable.
HORRIBLE compared to android version!
by addief94 on 2019/10/09 03:27
I had a first gen Google pixel before my now iPhone 11.. google news was INCREDIBLE on my google pixel- so great at showing me articles that have to do w/ what I follow and read and etc. . It was one of the apps I immediately downloaded on my new iPhone. I didn’t expect it to be as great as it was on their own pixel device, however, I would expect it to at least work properly! I’m using my exact same google account yet the app suddenly has all these stories that have nothing to do with me or anything I’ve ever searched or read online. Even after a couple of weeks I’m still getting so many irrelevant articles in my newsfeed. Even after selecting to stop seeing said articles, if I close and reopen the app they appear again after over and over and again selecting to stop seeing it. Just garbage in comparison to their android version
Great app.
by astrofalcon22 on 2019/10/09 02:45
Even though the news is always terrible this app is great.
Currently broken on iOS 13
by Phoqust on 2019/10/08 17:49
The app resets and loses my place every time my phone goes to sleep or I move to another app. This has been an issue ever since I “upgraded” to iOS 13. Maybe not your problem, but something’s changed.
Sorting
by 209Marcos on 2019/10/08 04:40
Should be easier to sort by day. Tired of sorting through 4 day old articles.
Nothing persists
by aray0825 on 2019/10/07 20:57
Why do I have to start from the top of the For You screen EVERY TIME I LEAVE THE APP?!? Great news app, use it daily, yadda praise to Google. But nothing is more frustrating (in the context of this app) than having to re-find a 10,000-word essay I was 2/3 through reading when I needed to reply to a text message.
Great news
by rondout on 2019/10/06 19:48
Thanks
Enjoyable
by SanfordP on 2019/10/06 16:28
Very happy and enjoy google news.
Today View needs improved
by andywhoa on 2019/10/06 03:40
App is largely fine. Disappointed the Today View widget does not respect your blocked sources list.
Very slow and low frame rate
by timothy_gm on 2019/10/06 02:17
Google news runs very poorly on iPad mini 4.
Google news
by warrenlover on 2019/10/05 19:24
It’s fantastic, you get intelligent info, high quality
Google News is Garbage
by HarryLevine on 2019/10/05 15:42
Even if you block certain channels, Google News still manages to show only the stories that match Google’s biased leftist view.
Great service
by Ugao23 on 2019/10/04 19:52
Always right on and available in a very objective way.
Best in Class with a Bug or Two
by I Luv Surfer Girlz on 2019/10/04 16:26
I honestly prefer Google News over Apple News because it incorporates my Google search history and provides stories I might like. The problem with that is it “uses my Google search history to provides stories I might like”. Apple News uses learning too but while it’s more private and isolated on my device, it’s siloed. Whereas Google gives me a far reaching spread of news tailored for me by my behavior. The iOS app refreshes when I leave the app (while reading an article). This is annoying because when I go to return to the article, the app refreshes and goes to the “for me” section from the start so I can’t return to the article that I wasn’t finished with.
Alerts
by mword8 on 2019/10/03 13:55
Like Yahoo! News app, I get alerts when there is breaking. Google does not do that.
App refreshing is frustrating
by Welldoing on 2019/10/03 12:38
It’s the best source for news but the news articles refreshes nearly every time you leave the app for a second and although it might seem to be a good thing it’s actually frustrating
Copacetic
by jyggir on 2019/10/03 00:49
Perfect in every detail
Worst News Aggregator
by BC Buz on 2019/10/02 19:06
This news aggregator will bombard you with more adds than any app I have ever used. They also have fake news stories that lead you down a trail of phony news to an advertisement you never wanted to go to. There are a lot of blanks between news articles where the ads just don’t show up. Or you’ll be reading a news article and the app scrolls up or down, you lose your place and you’re looking at an ad you don’t want to see. Using this app is like giving up your freedom of choice. Not my idea of a news aggregator, just a giant advertisement generator with no mercy.
Many news
by rorschachh on 2019/10/01 21:32
It’s nice! Many newses in the feed. Sometimes too much fox but it’s ok. I like the interfacing
Does not remember preferences
by Laurent in SF on 2019/10/01 05:52
Previous releases were way better
Extremely slow
by tintin2845 on 2019/09/30 16:14
This app has become extremely slow to come up with the contents on my old iPad Air 2.
Same news topic different day
by THOMAS BROWNING on 2019/09/30 14:18
Could be the news agencies reporting but I seem to get the same stories from the same outlets. Really heavy CNN and Fox rotation. Based on the articles, neither seem to be very objective reporting. Mostly love or hate the current administration and you get a lot of bias. I still scan the feed everyday but I have to go outside the app to get a better world picture. When I try the world news, it’s still consistently American Politics.
Keeping America on his toes
by Munhir55 on 2019/09/29 22:04
Best place to get the latest updates
Good but
by Irosenth on 2019/09/29 18:34
Really now. Should this all be free ? Who will pay journalists ? Something has to give. And Google is the thief here. Government should step forward..
Very Good
by churchill47 on 2019/09/29 05:27
Awesome
Sig Silvano
by 10Scheggia on 2019/09/28 11:02
Extremely clear very good
Stop machine curation of news
by reviewer109102933 on 2019/09/28 10:54
Stop machine curation of news. That’s it. I’m a grown up who can decide what’s important for myself.
BS leftist news...Apple and Google now control world “information” like Pravda..worse
by Ooooiiijhhf on 2019/09/28 05:45
As above...
Not Happy With the Changes
by ListenUp (~)\(~) on 2019/09/28 05:23
I liked my old Google News page. I’m miffed it disappeared from my Google pGe. This Ap page is so much less useful. I prefered the title, picture & opening paragraph to what’s offered now. If progress has to mean constant change, at least keep what works. That’s all anyone’s saying.
Can’t stop the fluff
by Vahdyx on 2019/09/27 03:13
What I like about Microsoft News and Apple News is you don’t need to see things you don’t care about. Say you don’t wanna see sports stuff but Googled something about your sports team, then prepare to see some sports things on your feed. Apple News and MS News works the best to eliminate the fluff.
“Fewer stories like this” function is trash
by Rites Nites on 2019/09/26 20:45
Every time I use the “for you” section of the app, I see the same garbage, clickbait stories that I have absolutely zero interest in. Every time I see these stories, always among the top stories on my feed, I click the option to see “fewer stories like this”. Never once has this worked. It will temporarily remove whatever article I tell it to and then immediately put in right back where it was the next time I open the app. Also, the “hide all stories from (insert news outlet)” works equally as bad. I’ve used that function for multiple different news outlets and the next time I open the app they are right back in my feed. Garbage app in general.
Kindergarten fight?
by Not Mark Twain on 2019/09/25 21:41
So in order to force users to use the back button at the bottom to ga back to previous page like on Android devices, Google makes it difficult for users to use the right swipe to achieve the same function, because that’s an Apple thing. Really Google?
we need news
by ObOneKenobi on 2019/09/25 15:21
besides the content feeling more like a social network app (gossip, irrelevant posts) than a real news source, it devours your data, not recommended for using on a limited data plan
Don’t feature subscription based news platforms
by Sassy Sally silly pop on 2019/09/25 14:45
Don’t show articles that you need a subscription to read... just stick to the free one!
Block Fake News
by Matt Judge on 2019/09/25 12:38
This app is great for making sure you don’t see fake news sources like faux news or breitbart.
Reverts to top when you leave the app
by $Bills on 2019/09/24 23:11
You leave the app to read the article and when you come back it resets you to the top. This is poor design and functionality
App resets when in the background
by fjalkdj on 2019/09/24 18:06
When you leave the app while in the middle of an article and come back to it, even if just a minute later, the app does not save the article you were on, and instead plops you right back on the home news feed- good luck ever finding that article you were reading again so you can pick up where you left off! This is extremely easy to reproduce. It happens to me literally every single time I leave the app for more than 1 minute. It is utterly pathetic that one of the richest companies in the world can’t write an app that maintains state- that’s like something a new app developer just knows how to do. I’m leaving this app for good because of how frustrating this bug is.
App review
by RMINNICKS on 2019/09/24 16:25
Best news app out there!
Great news app
by Todd_M3 on 2019/09/24 13:46
I really like the format of the articles and summaries.
Awesome App
by qwerff on 2019/09/24 11:11
Definitely prefer Google News over Apple’s own app. Google just seems to get it done better in my honest opinion. Give it a try. Hope you like it too!
No way to block Fox News
by Sensay77 on 2019/09/24 10:47
The very first time I opened up the app, I was smacked in the face by the state controlled Fox News outlet. No worries, let’s see how we can block right wing propaganda. Oh there isn’t a way to block it, back to Apple News then. Google should be ashamed, that they are forcing me to look at straight up lies and thinly failed bigotry, for me to read headlines about. Thanks Google for that! Thanks!
Could be better
by oitkhgf on 2019/09/24 01:03
See few stories from the sources I favorited, but constantly inundated with nonsense and garbage. Edit the feed everyday, and still have problems.
I gave it one star
by HorribleApptoSaytheleast on 2019/09/23 21:26
I gave it one star because it asked me to review it multiple times in app. Otherwise fine program.
I get a lot out of Google News
by SeanSeosamich on 2019/09/23 20:11
I like the blend of national and local news. I usually look first thing in the morning a few days a week when there’s little time to read the newspaper.
A slightly less-than-great App
by 'ZR' on 2019/09/23 14:25
Google News has replaced my native Apple News app. It’s a very good app and curates news very well. The ‘full coverage’ option is very useful. Videos are also integrated seamlessly. The only negative is that foreign news outlets often do not show up in your feed even if picked as favorites. You have to specifically go into favorites section and browse through it. Hope Google can fix that.
Stop autoplay
by EndymionNomad on 2019/09/23 06:06
You never know whether a video will be the story or text, and it’s all autoplay, so it will abruptly start playing video, and if you click back to main screen, it often just keeps playing. Not great UX.
Reduce the ads
by Warcraft on 2019/09/22 10:09
Fix the tint issue copy Apple news and reduce the ads
Google news
by SSchulm14 on 2019/09/21 11:47
Provides everything needed to keep up to date from multiple sources in one place. Convenient and easy to use.
In-app dark mode removed from News on iOS following 13’s release?
by Cbc26 on 2019/09/20 21:18
I like to enable dark mode on an app-by-app basis, and while I can still do this in some apps, like YouTube, after updating to iOS 13 yesterday, News reverted to the old normal white app. This happened with a few apps, so I went into settings to change the mode back to Dark Mode within the app, but the feature is now gone! What gives?? YouTube still works fine and shows Dark Mode in the in-app settings but now I can’t use Dark Mode in news unless I globally set the mode in iOS itself.
Incomprehensible
by mhmgmhh,bo on 2019/09/19 20:47
It is incredibly hard to access the archival Rolling Stone articles that I am look no for. There is also no guide to help. Thanks for wasting my time.
Biased
by HideoutUT on 2019/09/18 22:59
More biased news from Google.
Great
by perrygiv on 2019/09/17 22:49
Must have app!!
News
by commander kang on 2019/09/17 21:59
I like the app but I prefer print news not streaming video in the lunch room. I also wonder how some of my feed is targeted but setting my topics etc is great. I would also like a quick way to clear cookies. On the whole though I love this app!
Ads
by Nickname7891 on 2019/09/17 13:34
Way too many ads. I close and report but they just keep coming. I have never clicked on any ad to open. Never have and never will. I always close ads first. I keep hoping that Google will give up and stop inundating me with ads I have zero interest in. I cannot access my list of blocked news sources getting a Server error. Google help ignores my request to fix. Articles remain in my feed for days. Google Needs to be investigated for anti trust.
Rate the “GOOGLE NEWS “
by lgifudugjtigngg on 2019/09/15 23:21
As a old guy ,who’s granddaughter is just a wiz. Understanding how to work the buttons, I thank you for the tool. Learning only getting Out what I put in. Thx. Again. D
Good Feeds without Fingering Around
by Mad Hatcher on 2019/09/14 19:07
Straight forward news feeds without the need to finger through everything. Much better than the others.
Poor content management
by igx110609 on 2019/09/14 12:13
I do not want content that requires subscriptions in my news feed, yet I am forced to read headlines from NYT and WP. No way to filter out content sources.
Noticias
by noticuas on 2019/09/14 01:55
Más noticias
Use experience
by czhang82 on 2019/09/13 16:25
I think it is very useful and convenient.
Dark theme does not work
by K.D.C on 2019/09/13 14:33
Dark theme does not work on articles. Only works on home page!
It knows me a little too well.
by Hawk_jock75 on 2019/09/13 06:02
Google News is pretty spot on to my interests and it’s pretty clear that their data gathering operation is very good at what it does. Google news has picked up, almost too well, on my love of photography and music production. That’s great for when I want to indulge in my personal interests, but when I’m genuinely looking for information to expand my understanding of the world, it doesn’t challenge me. Google news makes it extremely easy to live in your bubble. That almost scares me a little bit too much.
Articles always included from small city of no interest
by dwkru on 2019/09/12 01:34
Can’t understand why there are always included about lacrosse Wisconsin. Why would I care about this city? I’ve complained about it but they continue to be included.
Hate the zoom
by HD streetbob on 2019/09/11 03:01
Photos zoom as you’re trying to read the headlines. Makes my eyes hurt, gives me a headache. Please include that in settings so I can turn that dreadful feature off.
Way more than leaning going left
by JamesWhitt on 2019/09/10 11:58
Google sold it’s soul to the leftist agenda a long time ago. This is not news per se, rather another of the wide ranging tentacles used to covertly manipulate. Hold your nose and swallow.
Power hog!
by ronniemotoventuta on 2019/09/10 03:46
I’ve had Google News on my iPhones SE and 6S, and two budget Androids – Xiaomi Redmi 5A’s. The app obliterates power on both my iPhones like it’s the last resource on Earth, to the tune of 70% within 30 minutes’ constant reading – making it THE ultimate power hog in the phones; beating the Facebook app at that! It hardly consumes power in the Androids. What in the world is going on?!
Advertisements
by Joe 12 eoj on 2019/09/09 00:51
This is not a news app. It is an advertisement app. I’d say something like 80% of the ‘news articles’ it displayed for me were advertisements for a product or service disguised as an article.
What!
by sopetiiipoty on 2019/09/08 16:56
Why am I getting hurricane notices from last year on this app!
Biased
by 1googlesucks1 on 2019/09/05 06:44
Completely leftist biased news. Google News should just call itself a mouthpiece for the Socialist Party of America.
Not as good as it was
by Sleepy_Br0wn on 2018/10/25 02:47
I recently came across an old laptop that I hadn't turned on in about three or four years. When I turned it on it briefly couldn't find a wireless connection and open to a four year old page of Google News, the nostalgia waved over me as I looked in awe at how much better it had been. It was layed out in a more traditional newspaper fashion and was so much more informative, easier to read, and just plain looked better. On the page were all the leading stories and interesting articles on the sides, you didn't even need to scroll the page to get the gist of that days news. Now they have the same three stories by different writers hogging all the space, and the sides are the same Snopes like articles that only change once in three days. They took what once was one of my most enjoyable parts of the day and ruined it by repeating the same articles over and over, not like any newspaper I've ever seen. I switched to the Huffington Post and now pay for an online subscription to the Los Angeles Times. Google News is garbage now.
Better than it began, but still needs improvement
by SoperrepoS on 2019/05/21 13:33
After getting sick of Apple New and it’s “curated” content and weird organization scheme I’ve been giving Gnews another look. Including local news is a neat feature, but doesn’t work when you present yesterday’s weather and traffic. The Thumbs Up/Down is a nice idea, but I don’t really see much change in my content tbh. Some of the content served up is a head scratcher - articles on the opposite end of the political spectrum or things that have some relation to my location, but not really to my actual interests. My biggest complaint is the repetitive content and the glut of two bit and garbage “news” outlets and blogs. I don’t need 10 articles telling me the same thing over and over and over again. Clean up your feed, focus on legit blogs and outlets, adjust to user feedback more quickly, remove irrelevant articles (old sales, weather & traffic), and this app will be a winner. Original review from years ago: This replaced Google Currents, and has been a disappointing experience. Currents was customizable in terms of content selection and was a minimalist reader for my chosen content. This new version puts emphasis on pay walled sites and serves up preconfigured sections (like a analog newspaper). They also removed the nifty drag gesture for minimizing the current selected article.
Ruining a perfectly good app with “new & improved”
by AnalogDuck on 2018/10/15 22:48
Google, are you listening? We all came to love your services for their simplicity and focus. What was wrong with the Google News app which I’ve loved for years? Why are you dumping its simplicity for this over-engineered under-thought product? More and more you are rolling out offerings which feel more like products of Apple or Facebook. If I wanted dumbed-down, bloated apps that make decisions for me I would not be coming to Google for a solution. Why does this app not have a dark or night mode? Why are the articles with their pics so large I can only sew a couple or a few on my phone at a time —how hard would it be to add a menu option for a condensed headlines view? If I needed a Apple news app view, I would use the Apple News app. This is Google Reader all over again —killing off your most-beloved products in leu of something that integrates features your fan base don’t care about while dumping those that do. It would not be hard to add a traditional or classic view to this app for those users who prefer the layout they’ve been using for years with the prior Google News app. I just deleted this app, and I’m not returning to it until you at least provide a sensible, condensed view free of clutter and massive article photos.
Too slow... gotta go
by MrCrownCity on 2018/05/24 17:48
The improvements are great. I had deleted the previous version because it was unreliable - some features would just randomly not work. Though the new version doesn’t seem to have that issue... I found myself waiting up to 30 seconds (or more) for an article to come up after I’d clicked on it. This is on a new phone, with the latest OS, often using WiFi at home. I tried with no other apps running - same thing. I’m surprised that no one else seems to mind the lag. Sometimes I only have 2 or 3 minutes to check the news. If I want to review more than 3 articles, It’s likely I’ll spend most of that time just standing there, staring at a processing icon. I don’t know about everyone else’s news reviewing habits, but to me, an app with this much lag time between articles is simply not useful. I’m better served using that time on email and waiting to do my news surfing on a computer. Or just using another app. The Apple news app does not have this problem at all. If the speeds were the same, I’d prefer the Google news app; content and customization features are better. However, as is, I just can’t justify making the switch, as much as I’d like to - can’t afford the downtime. I’ll check it out again in another 6 months or so.
Review
by Hazim Brown on 2018/09/10 02:09
Now, this is not a complaint, but rather insight on my recent experience. Of course, the app is a wonderful app, that’s why I kept it for so long. I have one thing I just noticed today. On my iPhone SE (less than 5 months old), after charging my phone and taking it off the charger at 87% battery life, I immediately used the app. I went on one particular article and out of nowhere, the article disappeared (white screen) and my battery DROPPED to 82% in a blink of an eye. Now, I thought it’s nothing too big, went back in the article, and the same thing happens. The article disappeared (white screen) and my battery life DROPPED to 78% like a skyscraper. Of course, the first thing to pop in my head is there’s something wrong with my battery, so I check the health of it, and it’s fine. No other app does this. This is the first time something like this has happened. If this happens again, I have no choice but to delete the app. Please see into this. This is a great app, and I don’t want to delete it. Thank you.
Meh
by JDCambridge on 2018/10/23 14:09
This new version is pretty, but feels more like infotainment eye candy than a news portal. I used to go to the old Google news to quickly scan top stories, view a few alternative headlines to get a sense of different media perspectives, and then dive into stories of interest. It was usually easy to figure out which story was text versus only video so I could choose which to view. This new version of Google News is not designed for any of that. Instead, it’s a screen with giant quasi-animated images with moving titling that snare my attention even though the story has no interest to me. It’s distracting and the scrolling text makes me wonder whose editorial opinion I’m seeing, where the old summaries didn’t. It also takes longer to scan through than the old summaries. I can only see two or three stories at a time so have to scroll forever for even a small sample. It now starts in the Favorites section, which lists a weird combination of stories, many of which I do not find interesting but I don’t see an easy way to curate. Further, the fact that it automatically logs in with whatever account it finds, even on a shared device where a few of us have different gmail accounts, is annoying.
Important features do not work
by Tollenfel on 2019/04/30 15:43
For example, options to filter out unwanted content fail. Personal preference is paramount. If I cannot customize my experience, I find it very difficult to continue using the App. Google should know me better by now. I provide enough feedback through the App for a proper algorithm, but it is like no matter how many times I tell Google NO about something, they tend to come back with a YES response, which is quite argumentative, rude and provocative. If I say I do not want to see a source, Google does nothing about it, other than gather data on my preferences. Gathering preference data and not implementing it to accommodate preference feels like being swindled. I gave you my preference, but instead of RESPECTING my preference, I am constantly DISRESPECTED every time Google ignores my preference data. A data-harvesting algorithm is useless if you drive users away with BAD DESIGN.
Best
by pdjguejebf on 2018/05/17 03:53
I switched from the CNN app and Twitter to get my news through here. I like the new “For You” tab. The interface is a lot cleaner and quicker if you just want curated news. I like that you can tap headlines and see latest news. It’s more national focused, while I have the curated one suited to my interests and local stuff. It’s a really nice way to see the news without other people’s opinions in the way. The new app is a lot cleaner and easier to use. As a student taking advanced classes it’s important for me to keep up with news and in general keep up with the news. The news has become a very important thing in my generation now. I think it’s important to know where you are getting your news from and this app does it right. It’s not just one source it’s many so you gain perspective.
My most-used app, but I have a wish list
by Rkj0053 on 2019/04/13 21:47
Google News is far better than Apple’s news app. First and foremost, Google’s has a more natural scrolling feel (like Safari or other browsers), while Apple’s is overly sensitive in comparison (a slight scroll sends me halfway down an article). I also like Google’s rate of updates throughout the day and the customizability their app provides (not as good as it used to be however). I’m able to block news providers as a whole on Google (like when random British tabloids of ill repute kept showing up, I was easily able to block their content). Wish Google supported comments within the app like it used to (now have to navigate into the browser to view/reply). Also, the ability within the app to choose to view articles in Safari is now more limited. I now have to copy paste the articles into Safari instead of just clicking “open in Safari.”
Please bring back the old version
by bitoguy on 2019/03/30 20:57
May 30 Update. After many months I decided to try Google News again. Still the same huge distracting graphics. Still the limited feeds that lean far left. So many other reviewers say the same thing yet the amateurish graphics dominate still. Deleting this again. Not worth my time in this format. I’ll try again with high hopes in six months or so. I want so much to like this app! The new Google News is just plain horrible. The amateurish look is something a high school kid would create, full of big pictures and missing the ability to quickly scroll through headlines to find articles of interest without those glaring pictures distracting you until you just give up. Gone is the ability to use keywords of your choice to create a news tab, you can only choose from their limited lists. Google News now has the look of those webpages that are full of sensational gossip articles rather than raw news. Please bring back the old version.
Miss the old version, but this is what we’ve got!
by terrilee_nc on 2018/10/15 04:48
I’m disappointed with this new iteration of Google News. It seems more focused on clickbait and less on topics I’m really interested in. And after carefully curating my news feed in the old version, it seems I’m back at square one and have to recreate my preferences. The old version is no longer available-a week or so ago, it deleted all my preferences, though it still showed news, so I reluctantly deleted it. As others have commented, I wish I could select my preferred and NOT preferred sources, but Google hasn’t allowed that for some time. I just ignore the stories from “Faux News”, though I wish there was a “thumbs down” or “show less” option to fine tune my stories. Ah well. Google is less interested in sharing information these days and more in selling ads. I have two main news feed apps and I just scroll both and hope for the best!
Fantastic News App
by _james___ on 2018/05/21 04:51
This is honestly my favorite way to get my news now. Not only does it have a beautiful user interface, but it aggregates so much useful information together for you that just saves you time. For example if there's a big national story, many similar stories from various news organizations are aggregated together, which is nice because you get all the perspectives from Fox News to CNN. I also love how it's automatically personalized. Google, in my opinion does a great job of using the data they already have on you, while also giving you the option to personalize even more if you prefer. Great app, would highly recommend!
No longer worth my time
by itsChas on 2018/10/19 12:27
The new version of this app is an enormous dissappointment. It now serves me huge swaths of visual (and oh great, moving) panels of news that are hardly relevant to me are difficult and sometimes obnoxious to scan. I don’t even understand how to train the algorithm to do a better job, because the only customization I can find when, for instance, I am served sensationalized local news stories picked up by the networks, is to eliminate the entire network as a news source, which is absurd. My old customizations are gone. This has gone from a smart, fast way to absorb a lot of information to a dumb, flashy slog which I continue to open out of habit but am now abandoning. It looks better and more immersive, but contains significantly less substance and value. Also, I hope Google is getting a cut of all the paywalls this app crashes you into now. No idea how this could come from a company that theoretically knows more about my web and news habits, whether I like it or not, than any other.
Who wants 5 versions of the same story?
by John Vasi on 2019/01/22 13:06
This new format makes you wade through multiple versions of the same news story. In the older format, you could choose to look at expanded coverage if you wanted to. This is just tedious scrolling—and fewer actual stories. Am I missing a way to collapse the coverage to one report for each news story? —with the option to look at other coverage if I chose to do so? I couldn’t see any way to collapse these repetitious listing. It should be up to the user to customize how the articles are presented. I loved the old Google news. This is dumb. One more thing: when I look at the 69,000+ reviews, I see that the average rating is 4.5 stars. Yet, when I scroll through the recent reviews, at least half, maybe more, give it very few stars. Are the 69K reviews including your past versions of Google News which was much better? Something’s wrong here... And one additional note: today I clicked on a story from the WSJ, but was unable to read it because I don’t have a WSJ subscription. It would make sense to tell users “subscription required to read article” before sending them on a wasted digital trip. Or better yet, don’t include links to articles that the general public can’t access. I have to agree with other reviewers that this is a form of click bait that benefits the publishers of the WSJ, not the dupes on Google News whose time is wasted.
Needs lots of improvements
by DjCancun on 2018/06/06 00:53
The simple desktop version of news was wonderful. It was customized based on my personal preference and easy to read the news that mattered to me. Articles were arranged by the my chosen topics as well as common topics such as technology, national, local, sports, etc. The app makes it difficult to find articles on the topics that matter to me. While the old desktop news page would update daily, I find the same news articles suggested for me over several days, even after reading the article. I understand the aesthetic choices for the app, but sometimes we just want things to be simple and easy to find. The desktop was closer to the ease of finding news articles in a newspaper where the app is more scroll and hope I find an article that interests me.
One sided
by Shawn112233445566 on 2018/09/30 06:29
more recently Ive noticed the extreme left news articles non stop. Completely one sided. And then the jimmy Kimmel bashes trump skits...you know the guy famous from the man show...the show that was about everything that he now makes fun of republicans for...(hypocritical much) it’s honestly disturbing how 1 dimensional the news has gotten. I’d like 1 news source that’s actually open minded and not pushing their companies views or agendas. I’ve hit the do not show or fewer stories option and literally have had that very same article pop up 10 more times. We get it google you’re left. Cool I don’t care I also don’t care about what some celebrity ate and the fact I have to ignore 10 of the same articles only to have them reappear is irritating. At 1st I thought google news was better then apple news...now I think they’re both on the same level of junk.
A truly unpleasant experience.
by kilnelf on 2019/07/10 17:17
I have been using this app for a few days now. Despite my repeated attempts to dismiss news stories about Burger King’s new 1$ tacos using the “Show fewer stories like this” option, which I have done more than 20 times, the app continues to present me with article after article about the tacos. The same goes for celebrity gossip stories, sports articles, tech product reviews, and any article that mentions the name “Phillip Schofield.” I would estimate that I have dismissed around 100 to 150 articles about these topics, but they continue to show up more frequently than anything else lose in my feed. Show me well written articles about politics, foreign policy, economics, criminal justice, or anything of actual substance from a genuine news source, please! Even “following” specific topics and sources doesn’t seem to do anything. I’ll be deleting the app as soon as I am done with the review.
Pretty good
by Joel_software_developer on 2018/09/22 13:15
I’ve always like google as a news aggregator. The “for you” section is pretty good at suggesting relevant articles. The top news section is decent when it comes to showing articles from the right and left sides of the news spectrum. My only complaint is that if I’m using the app and have scrolled down a lot, and have to leave the app for a minute and open another app... sometimes when I open google news again it refreshes rather than leaving me where I left off. This can be annoying because I have to scroll past a lot of stuff to try to figure out where I was at. And sometimes it will even refresh the ordering. I wish it would wait for me to tell it if I want to refresh.
Superior to the Apple News app, easily
by KyloRen1 on 2018/11/01 00:13
I have used the Apple News app religiously before discovering Google had their own alternative. Apple News is built into iOS making it convenient but I had one continuing issue during our time together, no matter how many times I marked certain types of articles/editorials with ‘dislike’ it seemingly had no affect on my news feed. Google News doesn’t have this problem, in fact within a week it seems to have already figured out what stories I want to read and which ones I don’t. This is something Apple News didn’t do in well over a year of use. Thank you Google!
Better than Apple News, but still not great
by Happy Clickr 7326385 on 2018/09/13 19:02
Google News is substantially better than Apple News in respect to the selection of news shown; I especially appreciate the local news. On the negative side though, it’s hard to fathom how a company like Google, that can make their search so intelligent, can do such a poor job of showing me the news I am interested in “For you”. I can tell tell it to “show fewer stories like this” on every single story on a topic (such as Winter Olympics) and I still have stories on that topic cluttering my news - even showing again the very same stories I just marked.
Missing some key features.
by willdan444 on 2018/08/12 21:55
My biggest problem is that I am afraid to use the ‘more/less stories like this’ feature. Some stories have so many different topics that it is hard to just say ‘less’ when I don’t know what I am exactly saying ‘less’ to. What if I like some parts of the story, but dislike others? Samsung has a feature when I say I like a story and want more it asks which parts I want more of. Then I can say less and it asks which parts I want less of. It gave me a much more customized news feed. Now I don’t want to say ‘less’ because maybe it talks about a sports team I like, but I don’t want to say ‘more’ because last time I did that I kept getting stories about a team I don’t like because they were mentioned once in the article.
Best in Class with a Bug or Two
by I Luv Surfer Girlz on 2019/10/04 16:26
I honestly prefer Google News over Apple News because it incorporates my Google search history and provides stories I might like. The problem with that is it “uses my Google search history to provides stories I might like”. Apple News uses learning too but while it’s more private and isolated on my device, it’s siloed. Whereas Google gives me a far reaching spread of news tailored for me by my behavior. The iOS app refreshes when I leave the app (while reading an article). This is annoying because when I go to return to the article, the app refreshes and goes to the “for me” section from the start so I can’t return to the article that I wasn’t finished with.
Push notifications only work sporadically
by Embassy1010 on 2019/08/27 17:30
It would be the best news reader I’ve ever used if the notifications worked properly. I’ve tried reinstalling it and the notifications come back for a couple days, but then stop again. Otherwise I love it. It has a great range of sources. It seems to learn what I’m interested in much better than Apple News. I love the “full coverage” button that brings up stories related to the one I’m reading. The layout is both pleasing and functional. I like that there’s a tab for stories tailored to me and another for top headlines in general. If they fix the notifications, or if you’re lucky and don’t experience that bug, it’s an easy 5 stars for me.
Adding to Disappointment
by Zerkry on 2018/11/10 20:20
Poorly designed app. This is the only app that competes with Apple News, which is terrible. This is my main smartphone app. I spend more than a dozen hours a week using it. What did you do!?! I hate it. The feed doesn’t load sometimes. The app freezes. The feed stops loading, while reading. Requiring you to reload the app and losing your place. The curation is worse. The local news is gone. The app is a battery hog. The app using too much data for a news app. Why is it always trying to run in the background? Why is it better at loading content while I’m not using it? The news isn’t updating as often. The main draw for Google News is that it’s always updating new content. The full coverage feature is great, when the app works. Please pay a couple of people to tighten this app up for us Google. Discouraged news junkie. 😥
Smh
by CavScout1990 on 2019/01/08 15:10
I have deleted multiple apps due to the fact that anything, remotely close to republican, conservative news channels are not shown. It’s not fair it’s frankly depressing that people who run apps like this do balance correctly. The whole point of the media and journalism is to bring the truth to the table and let the people choose what to believe. Instead it’s so heavy in one direction it paints a picture that only one viewpoint is worthy of your time and only one viewpoint is correct. I am an army vet and a conservative, however I read all news and compare, It is very difficult to do so when I can’t even find fox in the newsstand section, Hell I didn’t see one middle ground channel in the newsstand section. So yet again I have to delete this app and find someone with some balls to run a balanced channel. Thank you.
App is at times great, but often infuriating
by leebassett on 2018/08/16 12:28
I have used the Google News app almost exclusively since it was called Google Play Newsstand. Over the last few weeks, I have migrated more and more over to the Apple News app. My biggest issues have been resets and looping. Looping: I start reading a story, set the phone down or move my attention to a conversation then come back to my phone to discover that the article I was reading had closed and the app had reset to the home screen. That article is no longer shown on the home screen list at all. Resets: Stories on the home screen loop endlessly, the same 12 to 15 stories appear in the order as I scroll time after time no matter how far down I scroll. I will continue to try to use this app, if only out of habit, but it has fallen behind the Apple app in terms of user-friendliness and usefulness.
Junked up version of classics Google News site
by Light&Sound on 2018/07/23 23:50
I’ve always used the Google News website. Simple and efficient. This app is like getting that new laptop with a desktop covered with cr*p ware and bloatware. I looks much fancier and is much more dynamic with all kinds of auto-play video headlines scrolling by. So much more bandwidth intensive. Not good if your internet is not the fastest. The stories are interspersed with VASTLY more adds and “sponsored” items. It takes 10x longer to scroll through and get a sense of what’s going on. In fact I have no sense of what’s going on the way news is presented in this app. Google news was very simple and logical. The logic and simplicity is lost in all the new flashiness. Lastly, the targeted “news” items and adds are much more obvious. I don’t like this because it shows you what it thinks you want to see. This is more like Fox and CNN where they specialize giving you our own opinion back to you. They help you create your own vacuum chamber. I’m trying to make my own world of knowledge larger, not smaller. That said, if you like to get your news like you’re just browsing the internet and you’ve got all day, then this is the App for you.
News by some media is bias
by jhb.falcon on 2018/10/24 16:32
Some of our media for reason perhaps not liking president Trump or his politics and policies have become clearly out of order, instance of obvious prejudice and reversed news have become daily news, transparency and reports of real news without taking side are long gone for example most media instead of bring news as is, have been ruthlessly picking on our president and most government officials only to discredit or ruin our government which in fact would ruin us the Americans, I understand that google is just distributing such media but looks like google is aiding and abetting such wrongs, yet I like google and hope would improve its view to the point of distinction between false and truth, thank you, John
Ads Disguised as News
by Strumdrum on 2018/11/24 18:47
This is such a downgrade from the old Google News and Weather app it’s hard to fully explain. Gone are the days of easily skimming through the headlines and finding interesting articles. Now, google insists on bombarding you with a visual kaleidoscope of pictures that serve as click bait. The worst part however, are the constant advertisements to products that google wants me to buy. I can understand and even put up with advertisements. It’s an unfortunate reality in Google’s ecosystem. What I can not abide, however, are advertisements disguised as news articles. This is deceptive and makes the app almost useless for me. I don’t have time to weed through articles to see what is real and what is a cash grab. There is no way to turn this off. I can turn off personalized ads but not ads altogether. Bad play Google. Bad play.
Too much scrolling needed
by Mj4m3s on 2018/08/23 23:37
The new version of the News app makes it much harder to get a good overview of the news with a simple glance. Now, there is so much scrolling up/down required to see all the headlines (on an iPhone 7-plus) so it takes much longer to see what you want to read first. This new app feels like it was designed for a tablet and is not very optimal for viewing on smaller phone screens. The previous version was better in that you could quickly read 10 article headlines at a time with minimal scrolling needed, then a swipe left goes to the next category where there’s 10 more headlines to view. I wish there was an option for more text, smaller video/photo size, so that I could see more headlines at once (call it condensed/compact mode).
New app likes and faults
by Rjboha on 2018/10/11 00:16
I realize that it takes adjustment to new things. You guys have put great digital creativity into your app. Unfortunately it is hard to scroll through for content that you want to read. The moving photos are distracting and I find that I have to continually readjust my vision and focus while reading. Not fun. I find that I turn your app off as it is almost nauseating. I’m not stuck on old ways but, I enjoyed your old app much better. It was fast and I could scroll through news articles picking out the ones I wanted to read in 1:5 the time.
Autoplay of videos ruins my music listening and reading
by autoplay annoyance on 2018/10/23 22:50
I am not super impressed with the App. I like the option of other sources to read articles, but I already had that with the old app. I don’t like large pictures with headlines. I enjoyed being able to scroll through for the headlines I was interested in. It just takes more time and is more of an annoyances seeing photos of Trump screaming at some rally over and over again. My biggest frustration is the autoplay on videos. As I scroll through for articles to read while listening to music, my music will suddenly cut out and it will start playing a video which I just scrolled past. It drives me crazy and turns my opportunity to read the news and enjoy some music to something very frustrating.
Good start but real bad ram hog
by Jd077 on 2018/07/27 20:29
This app seems decent on the surface but the ram it uses is typical google. Like chrome browser it uses all the resources it can take while running. You can be on a page and leave the app to do anything else. When you return the app has refreshed and you lost the article you were reading. This happens constantly. Apple news will run in the background for hours with multiple apps open in the background. I also wish you could chose to open an article in a browser and not the internal browser built into the app. Then your forced to once again ask it to go to a browser like safari. Obviously this is google trying to keep tabs on what you do on the page you’re requesting in browser. This is intrusive.
Too many pictures. Too disorganized. Takes to long to see headlines
by Ambjg on 2018/10/19 04:40
I liked the old google news because I could quickly scroll down thru the headlines to see what was new in the several sections and several countries I follow. Sadly, efficiency was replaced by disorganized cuteness and pretty pictures. Now I have to waste time clicking on section headings and then more section headings and then waste time looking for small headlines inside screen filling pictures. Gosh darn it. I want news. I want headlines. I want to quickly see what is news. I don’t know what the employment and training background are of those who designed this, but I suspect it has nothing to do with finding information but rather just with making pretty stuff. Please restore the scrollable, compact headlines to one efficiently designed page.
So much better than Apple News!
by Justdave42day on 2018/07/28 01:50
In an article today in Business Insider there was a comparison of Apple News and Google News. Let me begin by saying that I really didn’t even know that a Google News existed. Smh. In the article “hands down” (as it said) the Google News was far superior, and I totally agree!! I have much, much, much more control over the articles I see, can blend in local news and it’s MUCH more user friendly. This is an excellent alternative. Btw, Yahoo is a joke. Get Google News, you will be hugely pleased.
Google Ruins a Great Product
by Ortgort2 on 2018/08/31 14:10
Once again Google has ruined a great product by forcing us to change from the old Google News app to a brand new version. Like many others, I don’t want large photos, but just a list of headlines arranged by topics/locations with the 1st line or 2 of the article included with the headline — and the ability to quickly click a drop-down arrow to see 3 or 4 additional media sources on the story, and the ability to see “Local” stories for various media markets I am interested in. For that service I don’t mind seeing ads, which i know are necessary for Google to make it all worthwhile. I don’t see myself using the new app at all, and my impression of Google is greatly diminished. May find another search engine and another browser while I’m at it.
Horribly slow
by KingArthurVI on 2018/05/18 01:21
There are a ton of UI lag and jittery scrolling even on the iPhone X. For instance after leaving an article as the app finishes loading the “related articles” section underneath the previously opened article the screen freezes before having that section slide down becoming visible. Articles are also loading very slowly and even the loading spinner gets stuck mid-spin sometimes, obviously the app is doing too much on the main thread. Being unable to view articles in Safari view controller is also a huge bummer, as ads really do slow down AND clutter up the news reading experience. Overall, this is a move in the right direction but at this time I’m staying on Tweetbot and reading news in the ad-free environment that is Safari view controller.
How bad can you actually make an app?
by Lennys26 on 2018/10/13 14:48
- Too much clutter. - Huge videos and images are distracting. - There are tabs but it is not clear why, and the information is not organized within the tabs. - I seem to have lost my custom news topics, so much of what I am seeing is not relevant nor what I want to read. - Suggestions/recomendations are not what I want. Really??? Is this what you think we really want? All I want is a simple, small sampling of my news from the categories that I have selected. I do not want ‘recomendations’, video stories, random articles as pushed by Google analytic engines, nor what is ‘trending’. I also don’t want changing and morphing photos for my news feed. This is a terrible design. Super distracting and clearly pushing certain stories over others based on some algorithm. The old app started suggesting that I upgrade a few weeks ago and that the old version is no longer supported. It is still working so I will be deleting the ‘new’ version immediately and will continue to use the old one until it stops working. When it does stop, I will find another tool. The new Google News app is not going to be an option.
Lots of garbage; doesn’t remember where you were
by chickengrrl on 2019/06/14 18:34
For some reason, Google News thinks I need every single Carolyn Hax (advice) column every time I open the app, and that I need to read every single article ever written about eczema (and, of course, especially *products* for it). It also doesn’t remember my place — if I’m reading an article and have to exit (but not close) the app to, say, answer the phone or send a text, when I return, it takes me to a (refreshed) home screen, with no way to return to where I was. Fix this, Google, and maybe you’ll become my go-to news app. Right now I only use it when I need to search for something, since the otherwise-far-better SmartNews doesn’t include a search function.
Became just like every other news app
by rbx4 on 2018/12/13 16:11
Google News and Weather was a good app. You could like or dislike topics to customize your feed. It was abandoned in favor of this app that instead allegedly lets you like or dislike sources. The problems are that topics are better than sources for this feature, and feed customization does not even work well in this app. If you dislike a source in one part of the feed it will turn up somewhere else or on the next day. If you dislike all the sources covering an uninteresting topic, a pitiful Twitter post will be left over, and Twitter cannot be blocked in this app. So the nature of this app is revealed as a front end for Twitter trends and related news articles. It is not up to Google standards.
Worse than old version by far (Updated Oct 10, 2018)
by radwil on 2018/10/15 22:57
***UPDATE: as of October 15th 2018, Google has stopped serving news to the old version of the app without making any improvements to new version. I’ll be finding a new news aggregator. Please do let me know when you add a more concise format, organized by topic, and a dark mode. Original review below.*** I don’t understand. Why are the pictures for articles over 1/2 of a screen in size? I don’t need a giant picture with everything. The old app had 5 headlines on screen at the same time with convenient drop down menus for more sources. It was concise and useful. The new app has about 1.5 headlines on screen and has to open a new page and load more giant pictures to see more sources. Why is there no dark mode? I just want to read! It takes about a third of the time to skim an article compared to watching a video! I just don’t see anything here that makes me want to switch from the old version, so I’ll stick with that. Compact mode, dark mode, and defaulting to the headlines section need to happen before I even consider switching.
Need better trash filter
by TGF2 on 2018/10/11 10:37
First time I used the app, I stumbled onto a lengthy story about why Judge Judy plans to retire to promote her amazing anti-aging cream. It was loaded with authentic-looking details and endorsements from Ellen and other celebrities and offered a free sample... I would have dismissed it all as blatant fraud had it appeared on Facebook. Because it appeared here, I went looking for confirmation or refutation. I found absolutely nothing about JJ’s cream... Rather, I found that she just renewed her contract for a huge amount of money. Returning to GNews, I couldn’t find the story. It apparently had disappeared — presumably because someone who screens stories eventually recognized it as trash. I wonder how many suckers fell for it in the interim.
Downward Spiral of Content
by nostrajonny on 2018/09/05 17:45
I have been a Google News reader for many many years, and with each update over the last x years the ability to find and read a diverse set of content has slowly been eliminated. The most recent release of this new app presents me with *two* articles when I log-in, with a majority of the space used for pictures instead of text. In the early days, you could open the app and be presented with likely up to 10 different articles/sources to choose from and you could choose what direction the information took you in. User interfaces are getting less usable to a curious reader, and information selections are being drastically reduced. You are taking away the power of the user to choose, and more importantly removing the opportunity to think about what to look at. Google... please consider a more text rich interface where readers can be presented with rich diversity of content vs. rich color photos for only a few articles. Very likely an individual that craves information has already viewed sources that you are presenting them in some form or fashion.
Make that one star - incredibly sluggish
by randallkerr on 2018/08/15 13:43
After using this app a little longer, I have reconsidered my original review of two stars. Now, I am downgrading this terrible app to only one star... I didn’t think it possible, but the new Google News app is even more sluggish than the original app - what an incredible disappointment! Poorly designed navigation, jittery scrolling, slow screen loads, and still no text-only view with adjustable fonts and colors - welcome back to the bad old days. But hey, at least Google finally fixed the article sharing arrow that has been broken for multiple releases in the original. Google, if you are smart, you will fire this product management team immediately and find a group that actually cares about user experience!
Step in the wrong direction
by Franc1990 on 2018/10/09 01:14
Google news used to be a good app to use in order to look through headlines of Google’s sections as well as your own created sections based on search terms, allowing 3 stories per section and an ability to drill into a headline and find similar stores from alternative publications. The attempt of Google to be more visually appealing is ruinous for people who are here to simple browse and read. Google News on the web has followed the same trend, dumbing down the content to appeal more to people who don’t prefer reading. Unfortunately, i disagree with the decisions here - however, that’s fine. I would like to see more freedom of choice rather than now feeling like a dumbed down app and platform is now habitual for me. Change is not always progress.
New Google News User
by Blazer..er on 2018/08/02 15:09
I made the switch a week ago after reading an article that compared Google News and Apple News; Google was obviously the clear winner. The variety Google offers IS much better. It breaks up the monotony of Trump headlines unlike Apple News. However, my balloon buster is the fact that I’m not able to highlight a word in an article I’m reading in Google News and have the option to look that word up. I hope you can change this because I do prefer Google News over Apple News after just a few days trial but I also enjoy learning new words to expand my vocabulary.
Turn off auto video playing
by mrd710 on 2018/12/28 03:59
Dear Google… I do not want videos to auto play and stop the music playing in the background on my iPad. Please at least make this a setting that we can change manually. I can’t scroll more than three or four articles now on the main page without the video starting and forcing my music to stop. This is a serious bug and it’s causing me to stop using the app because I want to keep listening to music while I read my articles. Please fix this bug ASAP. Please also give me the option to stop auto playing videos. I do not want them in anyway shape or form. I will play a video if I want. I am well and truly capable of deciding if I want to play a video or not. I do not need you shoving videos in my face.
Doesn’t utilize screen space correctly
by 18643 on 2018/10/15 04:42
On an iPad or iPhone I should be able to see at least 5 to 10 articles. This app creates massive pictures for articles and you can only see 1 or 2 articles at a time. Terrible update to the much better older version of news. The MSN News app that I have been using in beta is much better. This is Google”s attempt to compete with Apple News and Flipboard, but fails massively. The old app that let you easily scroll thru article sections was much better and easier. Having to scroll on the top through categories is inefficient. Also, all articles in this app need to support AMP. It is much better to go to RSS feeds and Reeder app or to use Apple News or Microsoft News. Google has lost its way.
Old version infinitely better than this one
by zenomax on 2018/11/09 15:30
I want my news aggregator to show a list of all (or at least most of) the headlines on one screen. Google News used to do that but no longer does. I don’t know whose idea it was to have each story represented by a huge image that takes up practically the whole screen. But that person should be fired. What a dramatic waste of space! I refuse to scroll down many screens just to get a complete list of the main stories. If I could configure it to eliminate the images & just go back to a list of headlines, then that would be ok. But no such luck. I’ve moved on to the Smart News app, which is better than the Google News app ever was.
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