Google Expands Currents' Availability, Language Support
Google today increased the availability of its Google Currents application. Currents is a news ereader that can collect information from a wide variety of news sources in a fashion similar to Flipboard and Pulse. Google Currents version 1.1 is available around the world, as are a greater variety of news sources from around the world. Google says that readers can also choose to automatically have content that's published in other languages translated to one of 38 supported languages. Last, the application will now automatically sync content in the background rather than when users open and use the app. Google Currents 1.1 is available in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. It is free.
Google News to Highlight Local Sources
Google has updated its Google News product across all platforms with improved visibility of locally-sourced stories. The local source tag in Google News highlights local news outlets that have covered large, national news stories.
Google Expands Cardboard Availability
Google today made its Cardboard app available to more countries and more languages. Google says the app can be used across 39 languages in more than 100 countries around the world.
Google Overhauls Its News Reader App, Brings It to the Web
Google today announced a wholly refreshed version of Google Play Newsstand that reimagines the newsreader and expands its availability beyond smartphones and tablets. To start, Google is relying on machine learning to make more personalized recommendations for readers.
Google News to More Clearly Mark 'Fact-Check' Articles
Google says it will work harder to call attention to fact-check articles within Google News. Google believes fact-check style articles have become an important type of journalism, especially in the context of the presidential election.
Google's Travel Apps Add Support for More Languages and Countries
Even though the summer travel season has largely ended, Google this week expanded Google Trips, Google Flights, and Google Destinations to a more international audience thanks to new languages and availability. For example, Google Destinations is now available in 14 new languages, including Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Filipino, Hungarian, Indonesian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Malaysian, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovakian, and Slovenian.