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Local news being tested for Google Now

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Local news being tested for Google Now
Google is in the process of testing a local news card for Google Now. This would definitely make sense since the application is supposed to know where you are at all times while sending you timely information that is important to you based on past searches, your calendar listings and more. A beta test for the local news card is taking place inside Google.

The local news card is currently in A/B testing with feedback from those users getting the card inside Google, playing an important role in determining Google's final decision. Local news has been a niche that for one reason or another, networks and news agencies have been unable to profit in. Will it be different with Google in the Google Now format?

"One thing we’re testing right now is a very local hyper-local news card. Which is really useful—it teaches me things about my neighborhood. For example, I found out Miss Mexico came to my son’s school, I saw that [the local] Chipotle was giving out burritos, and someone was stabbed in the park near my house. It’s very, very targeted to you and your interests."-Johanna Wright, vice president of search and assist, Google

Local news in Google Now would be like having a local paper with the latest crime report and restaurant openings. The only worry that some have is that it will take away from what the service is supposed to do, which is to provide users with timely information they need when it is needed. If you haven't experienced Google Now, it is made up of cards that pop up with the current traffic information to your home (when you're out), stock quotes throughout the day, local weather, sports scores and more. It is now also available at the Apple App Store for your iPhone in addition to coming installed on Android devices running Android 4.1 or higher.

The question is, does local news belong on Google Now? Google is testing to find out the answer to that very question right now.

Screenshots from Google Now for iOS
Screenshots from Google Now for iOS
Screenshots from Google Now for iOS

Screenshots from Google Now for iOS


source: Quartz via TechCrunch

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posted on 31 Jul 2013, 18:21 3

1. hmd74 (Posts: 276; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


I Have Nexus 4 but i think google now on iOS looks better than mine...Specially the microphone

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 19:27

2. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


"...and someone was stabbed in the park near my house. It’s very, very targeted to you and your interests." -Johanna Wright, vice president of search and assist, Google"

Whoa, VP of a multi-billion dollar corporation is livin' large in the hood or what?

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 19:35

3. Shatter (Posts: 1979; Member since: 29 May 2013)


I guess millionaires don't get along very well at parks.

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 21:11

5. bwhiting (Posts: 159; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)


That caught my attention as soon as I got to that point in the post lol

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 19:44

4. dorianb (Posts: 352; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Its just an extra card. Go ahead & add it. You can always turn it off.you can never have too much info.

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 01:51

6. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2420; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Would be a nice Google card for local news.

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