ToÂ use this feature, visitÂ GoogleÂ News from the browser of your Android smartphone or iPhone. IfÂ this is the first time you are visiting Google News on your phoneÂ since this feature became available, a pop-up will ask you if you wantÂ to share your location. If you say yes, news relevant to your locationÂ will appear in a new section called â€œNews near youâ€ which will beÂ added at the bottom of the homepage. (Google News Blog)
Embracing local via mobile should help Google compete with rival services like Topix (the latter who has been quietly dominating the local news niche).
Although it’s great to see a robust web app, hopefully Google will consider launching a native app in the not so distant future (asÂ even Yahoo! has a native news app for Android and iOS fans).
Surprising Google seems to have overlooked supporting a few rival platforms (like Blackberry OS, webOS and Windows Phone 7) most who support HTML5.
Note: Can any readers upon other smartphones view the “News near you” feature? If so, let us know in the comment section below!
Originally posted on May 13, 2011 @ 2:18 pm