Local news being tested for Google Now

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?

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.

source: Quartz via TechCrunch



6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Would be a nice Google card for local news.

4. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

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

2. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 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?

3. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

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

5. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

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

1. hmd74

Posts: 546; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

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

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