There are no shortage of dedicated news apps available in the Play Store, but the Google News mobile site is about to get a revamp for all the people who rely on it to get their daily fix. With the update, the aging website will finally make the jump into the post-Ice Cream Sandwich era of Android.

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The new site will have both a light and dark theme, and readers will be able to change the size of the story cards and the text inside them. Clicking on the icon in the top left will present a list of available sections, just as you would expect from an app. In short, the updated site will look - and perhaps function - much better than it does now.


Some features have transitioned from the desktop version of the site, such as a weather gadget in the Local section, the "Editors Picks" option, and the appearance of relevant Google+ posts in the list of articles.

The change will occur over the next few days, and it will launch in the US first before rolling out to users elsewhere.

Source: Google

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • navjot

    Why not release a standalone app or merge Google News with Play Newstand?

    • Charles Sunderlage

      Totally agree with you!

    • mesmorino

      That would be FAR too logical and normal for Google.

    • Jerald Lee

      Makes perfect sense!

    • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

      Well the Nexus phones have always had a News and Weather App / Widget.

      • Roemraw

        A horrible one though (by today's standards)

    • Roemraw

      For non-android phones. Google needs to track them too. WP users for one!

  • Giampaolo

    Since there is no shortgae of dedicated Goolge News Apps can you name a good one? Thanks

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      That's "dedicated news apps," not dedicated Google News apps.

      • Giampaolo

        Thanks, I misunderstood your comment. So in another words there are no third parties apps able to use Google News?

  • Matthew Fry

    Dark theme FTW!

  • Omar Al Matar

    Next stop : Genie Widget!

    • Testraindrop

      I'm still using it on 4.4.1 :)

      Would love to see an update.
      Other news apps have just to much crap, I like the simpleness of GenieWidget.

  • miri

    I wonder if this work's with Chrome's Add to home screen feature. Doubt it, but it would be cool.