google news and weather android

Google News & Weather app on Android had not been updated for so long that we assumed Google had forgotten about the app altogether. Luckily that isn’t so and the Mountain View giant has pushed out an update for the app recently. The update is supposedly a big one and brings some important changes. Here’s the changelog:

  • Sign-in with Google account for Google News personalization
  • Tablet support
  • Expand stories for snippets and related articles, e.g. Opinion, In-depth
  • Navigate sections via the menu or simple swipes
  • Weather and local news for multiple places
  • New resizable homescreen widget
  • Change editions for news in different countries

The app finally looks like it should on tablets thanks to new optimized UI. It also adds another heavily requested feature — personalization. Users can sign in with their Google accounts to get the news that they prefer to view. You can also add multiple locations to get localized news and weather. The new app has been separated from the key Android core, meaning we should see frequent updates in the future.

Google News & Weather is available for all Android devices running Android 4.0 and above. Grab it from the Play Store here.