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Google News updates mobile web app with real time updates, new design

Google recognizes that more and more people are using their mobile devices as their primary news sources. To keep up with the changing times, Google has updated its mobile web app for Google News.

The page updates in real-time, which is a nice little addition manually refreshing is no longer required.

Google laid out some of the main new features for us. Hit the break for details:

  • Improved overall look and feel making it easier to read and track separate stories.
  • Ability to customize the webapp to suit your taste by changing the theme from light to dark, the font size and opting for a larger #story card# with more information per story at your fingertips (from the Settings menu, at top right).
  • Simplified navigation to any section within News; just click on the Google News icon (top left) to see a list of available sections (including any custom sections you created).
  • Easier integration with Google Feedback located in the menu at the top right.

Desktop features include:

  • A weather gadget in the Local section.
  • The popular #Editors Picks# option.
  • Social posts from Google + related to the story are included in the article cluster.

The new version will first launch in the United States on mobile devices (Android/iOS) and on Chrome and Safari browsers it will hit devices internationally shortly after.