During Google I/O 2018, Google has announced a round of changes in Google News, out of which, some have been already implemented in past. Today, the app receives some new features as the Google is announcing some new data-saving changes for the Google News app. Earlier, Google news app was instantly guaranteed to be available in 125 countries and in 65 languages. The number is going to change, however now Google is getting a lot of traction from who can access the content to how it will be served, making it available to as many users as it can.
After its upgrade, Google News app shows a lot of rich content along with high-resolution images and videos. But, you may not always have the required data for all the features to work properly. Due to this, Google is providing new features to the app. After this new update, Google news will work properly with mobile data and features will be activated when required.
Four core features will be activated directly based on the connection and your device. Special exceptions will be developed for devices running Android Go that enable playing videos in YouTube Go without autoplay. Moreover, newscasts will be converted to be basic text-focused, photos will be compressed and articles will be saved to be later downloaded on Wi-Fi and read later.
As per the Google’s blog post, there will be four main improvements in the app:
1. When applicable, videos in the app will open in YouTube Go, ensuring that it’s delivered in a lightweight yet clear format. Videos won’t auto-play, saving precious data.
2. Newscasts (previews of a story) will adapt to become more text-focused, saving you data.
3. Images are compressed and can be fully loaded with just a tap. Videos and gifs will also not auto-play. Plus, less data will be cached and saved on your device.
4. Many articles can be saved for consuming in offline mode, easily downloaded over Wi-Fi for reading later.
You don’t require any additional settings to activate these features and they are available for each and every Android device. If you’re on a network with low bandwidth, these features may be active when you are away from Wi-Fi.
Google states that the new data-saving features will be available to the users worldwide in the next few weeks.