Search engine giant Google has introduced a new feature for its Google News for Mobile service that lets users read news according to their current location.
The new ‘News near you’ feature, accessible from Google News on Android and iOS devices, allows users to read local news based on their location.
“Today we’re excited to announce a new feature in the U.S. English edition called “News near you” that surfaces news relevant to the city you’re in and surrounding areas,” the company said in a blog post.
The company has been offering location based news on Google News since 2008 but now the company is offering a local section for any city, state or country in the world. Google consolidates local news by analysing every word written in a news story and determines the area from which the story has originated.
To access the features, users need to visit the Google News website from their iOS or Android device. If they are visiting the website for the first time from their mobiles, then the service will ask them if they want to share their location with Google. If they choose to do so then they will be able to view local news from their area from the News near you section, added at the bottom of the homepage.