Needs compatibility for iPhone X 2/5
So many other apps have already updated, unfortunately I’ll be deleting this one and downloading another news app. It’s so irritating to see all the unused blank, black space. ESPECIALLY for a “reading” app.
The developers must have gone on to make the pixel buds 1/5
By Remnant x
The app now locks up constantly, has not been updated for the screen of the x, and when you can get to the articles it fails to load them, or sends you to fake news with constant page forwards and pop ups that can’t be closed.
Mostly highlights articles from Wash Post and NYT that when opened just try to get you to subscribe. Didn’t use to do this. Download if you like reading pitches to sell you to subscribe to mediocre news outlets...
Demote subscription only articles 1/5
So tired of clicking through to articles like on Washington Post (which is 30-40% of results BTW) and getting paywall. If it’s not readable, bounce it please!
Doesn’t work correctly on iPhone X 1/5
Does not display properly on iPhone X.
ANTI-SCIENCE, falsehoods, charlatans promotes in the Science section 4/5
By /\/\/\ ALP /\/\/\
Today’s examples on 11/18/2017 from the science section:
- “Numerologist says rogue planet could bring end of days this weekend”
- “Conspiracy theorists flock to first flat earth conference in North Carolina”
- “Stunning proof that moon landing was faked”
Need I say more? What the hell? This is not science news. This is ANTI-SCIENCE news. What a hypocrisy coming out of a company based on science and technology.
- previous review below -
Washington Post links now work just fine. Thank you.
More mainstream news coverage than before.
Great news app overall.
- previous review below -
Two main problems
1) About a third of the links are to Washington Post; however, none of those links works. It shows Washington Post banner on top, an empty page below, and an ad at the bottom (ad = mission accomplished)
It also breaks the link back to the main page, forcing user to close the app and restart. Clunky and annoying to deal with.
2) Several links to weird, biased, fluff, or fake news websites, like Christian Science Monitor.
- previous review below -
Just linking to news articles on other websites. Google's involvement is minimal.
Upon clicking on links I see "entire page" covered in an ad or simply blank ad space. Many links are bogus and do not lead to news articles, only ads.
They source news from reputable and irreputable sources alike. There is Reuters, but also Christian Science Monitor.
Sharing button STILL broken... 1/5
Can't save or share articles on the latest iPad Pro version. Please fix! It’s been months now. You can share on iPhone but the iPad app article sharing button in the upper right corner of the app does not function. Tried uninstalling and reinstalling the app.... STILL nothing. Sad that Google puts their name on a broken app.
Iphone X 1/5
I love the app but with the iphone x the app doesnt fill the screen. I am sure the develpers are aware of this issue. Please fix this issue, I am now using the pre-installed news app in the meantime.
Will update my rating to 4-5 when updated.
Still no updates. Thanks Google.
Rendered useless 1/5
New policy? My news feed is now full of subscription sources. Truly useless to me. If it requires a subscription, get it out of my news feed......
Google news 4/5
The new Google news app is GREAT? The only problem is it will not let you Email a story.
News? How about Ads instead! 1/5
I spend so much time clicking or swiping away and around the ads that I give up. Deleting this app. If google cannot afford to offer up sources of news then they need to move on from apps such as this that claim to do so. The news is there but hidden among, what are at times, 3/4 of a page of ad material. Worse is the fact that it all loads from different sources and thus at deferent times so, just when you think it's done and you can actually read the article, the page skips around on you and you get to hunt for your place again. More than 10 times on some I've seen. Why?
Full page ads. Uninstalled 1/5
Full page ads. Uninstalled
Too much CNN 1/5
Way too many articles from CNN and The NY Times. Two organizations most people don’t respect or believe. This wouldn’t be a problem if the personalized headlines worked on the mobile app, but they only seem to work via web browser.
App hijacked by offensive adds 1/5
I was reading an article today on the Google News app on my iPhone and suddenly the screen was filled with horrible photos of diseased faces and fingers and viagra adds. Nothing I could do would get rid of the adds and he upsetting full screen photos.
Action Button isn't working 1/5
In the latest version of this app, the Action Button doesn't work. That's the "Up arrow inside a square" icon.
So when you're reading an article, you can't Mail the article, you can't Message the article, you can't Open the article in a browser ... none of that.
Frustrating. Google, you've had months and months and months to fix this. No matter what the dupable masses believe, the reality is: Google is WAY inferior to Apple.
So, what might be the logic behind the Action Button not working? Follow this. If the Action Button were brought back to work, then: opening a news article on an iOS device would lead to Safari ... not Chrome ... which would yield no advertising dollars to Google. Da $ monneeey ...
Freezes up! 1/5
Repeatedly freezes. Have to exit app and reopen to clear it. A company like Google can clearly do better!
Panders to the left 1/5
There are major stories right now about Clinton and the Obama Admin...$9M paid to drum up a fake dossier on Trump, Uranium One, proof and acknowledgement the IRS target conservative groups. Where are those headlines on Google? There are none!
Gets worse with every update 1/5
Please go back 10 versions and stay there. Also Please fire whoever came up with the new app design and the way articles are presented.
Add function to block news source 4/5
Consistently seeing Fox "News" trollish headlines lead to my eventual deletion of this app. Other than that, it's a good feed service.
Pesky ads & spammers😡 1/5
No more a news app. Too much ads and risk of getting spammed. Better to use browser
UI Needs Love 3/5
I really enjoy using Google News, but the UI needs some work. Specifically, I would really like to see the widget refresh when viewed (currently, you have to actually go into the app to receive updated headlines). There are other small quirks that cause me daily annoyance as well.
Still pales in comparison to Apple's News app.
Layout keeps changing 2/5
The layout and the sections keep changing, moving around, and being displayed differently. Very annoying
Check your code. 1/5
By Free User7492
While reading the news, via the Google news app the ‘header’ is offering the “Google News & Weather” app. Why doesn’t it recognize itself? Do you guys get more each time we reinstall the app? Annoying.
Okay, now I get it. Somebody at Google decided we can’t force you into the “new and improved format” via updates so we’ll pester you until reinstall in then you are stuck.
There is one flaw with that logic. I have the option to uninstall your crappy app which I will do now.
A work around - open google then go to news.google and viola the old familiar layout.
Deleted - I choose to control ads - my device 1/5
Annoying pop-ups over stories and no pop up blocking abilities (now that Apple has stopped allowing system wide blockers). Back to Safari so I can control my device. App deleted.
Search results return irrelevant results 1/5
Whenever I try searching for news, the results have nothing to do with what I am searching for.
Needs more work 1/5
Google news has always been my first choice for reading the news. I have previously used the saved web homepage to pull up the news. I got a banner telling me about the new app, so I tried it. Problem: the ads on the side of the page. In one story, the ads took up 1/2 the page, making the font so small I could barely read the story. I couldn't change the font, so I gave up. The major issue is that I can't use the trusty "change to text" icon at the top left side of the story page. I went back to my old way of reading google news.
10/10/17– just tried the app again. Same issue as my original review 2 years ago. Deleted the app after one day. Still my favorite news app but I recommend you read the stories by going to the google news home page.
Aggregate all of the internews in one place 1/5
There are internet sources that are not news sources. They are not hard to figure out. Except for the world-leading search engine that created an app to bring all that propaganda to you in one place. This is that app.
Purveyor of Fake News 1/5
Many of the "headlines" are taken from opinion pieces in bottom feeding blogs. That's not news, and certainly not "headlines." In the past few weeks Google has filled my feed with FALSE, FAKE and MISLEADING homophobic, transphobic, anti-Semitic, racist, xenophobic, misogynistic rants masquerading as news stories. Fox and National Review are inflammatory enough, but Brietbart, Daily Stormer, WND, and Stone Zone do not belong in a legit news aggregator. Funny - Google manages to exclude Mother Jones, Daily Kos, Alternet and JoeMyGod so they are able to filter sources but they clearly have decided to turn their news app into an alt-right fascist propaganda machine. DISGUSTING!
Terrible Ads 1/5
The app has just started integrating highly interruptive, annoying full screen ads that are hard to get out of once they take over the screen. I often have to just close the app. Really bad.
pay for the times 1/5
washington post gives free articles if they are featured - not something i have a problem with but google CONTINUES to feature both new york and la times that require payment to view the featured articles... thus removing any perception of neutrality and turning it into a commercial. very annoying - and enough to make me delete my app.
Completely Bias 1/5
Google news aggregates news from different sources and shows you the headline with a small caption. The top new section consistently show stories by the Washington Post and the New York Times.
Worse than Web Version 2/5
I expect a dedicated app to outperform its web counterpart, but that is not the case with this app. I often click a story and wait forever for it to load. I go to Google News in Safari browser, and the same story loads almost instantly.
And when pages do load they are constantly shifting the formatting so the section I’m reading scrolls to where I can’t see it. Then I find it again only for the page formatting to change again. Very frustrating.
Google News in a Web browser is so much better than this app it’s not even funny!
Mailware alert 3/5
Google spreads a form of mailware called taboola, revcontent, sponsored ads and paid content. As it is know. These ads are fake ads and install tracking cookies on your device both android and iOS. Google refuses to block them. The only way to get rid of them is to erase the cookies. Which you can do in this app in IOS or android. What a shame google. You are guilty of allowing male ware even on your own apps.
Used to be my favorite 'go to' 2/5
Google must be getting $$$ from NYT. The app used to be ALL free news, all the time. Most stories are now from NYT. You get a certain free per month and then you have to subscribe. No thanks! Deleting app for one of the many others that are still free.
Insane amount of Ads 1/5
I've used this app for some time on my iPad(s), but now Google is sending me to articles linked with excessively aggressive, persistent, and pervasive ads. I've been using Apple News more and more with good results and think I'll just drop Google entirely.
Fairly worthless without article sharing 1/5
By Cruising fan
Used to love this app but since article sharing was broken it’s not worth using. Please fix!
Buggy and unattractive 2/5
The UI doesn’t seem to respond well to being resized when in split-view on an iPad. I’ve found that I have to manually refresh each view (pull to refresh) to get images to load or to get the story cards to resize.
From a news design perspective, the headline and “interested in...” lines on the Local screen should not be close to the same size because they aren’t equally important.
Overall, I find the visual design to be not very news-like at all. It’s quite bland, which can be fine if the content is allowed to be the “star” of the UI but this app keeps headlines and images so small that nothing stands out.
Article sharing is STILL broken 1/5
A few releases ago, you broke article sharing - the little arrow in the top right corner when reading any article. When you press the button, NOTHING happens. Still you have failed to address it. How bad is quality assurance and testing that this release was published with the article sharing feature completely inoperable? Was this even tested before release?!?
Additionally, to my great disappointment, there is still no text-only mode like in Microsoft's excellent Bing app. Please attempt to close the huge gap between this app and the competition and add this one feature - it makes reading so much more pleasant when you can set font size and colors to your taste. Even the Safari and Firefox mobile browsers offer this feature.
After all this time, It is still not possible to read many articles dues to pop-up overlays that are impossible to close - PC Magazine is a perfect example. Please fix this!
Unusually bad Google app 1/5
Messy and poorly organized. Ads are often obstructive and difficult to get away from. Sometimes,have to crash out to back out. Google, why did you make it like this?
Horrible update 1/5
The "Headlines" section is a waste, it's just a single page containing all the stories broken down in the other sections. Share link exists in this version but no longer functions.
It appears the app was updated again today. Share button is still not operational.
Share option must be fixed! 1/5
By Jillian NYC
I am now bring this app down to 1 star. There is NO excuse for not fixing the share feature so we can read articles later, share, etc. I cannot use this app in IOS until it’s fixed.
While I have been using this app daily for about two years, a few things are problematic, especially in latest updates:
1. You can't share or save articles anymore - this needs to be fixed ASAP!
2. The new tabs at top are ok (not great, but livable) but then adding tabs bottom, it cuts down viewing space too much. It goes away when you go into a section, but when viewing summary page, really annoying.
3. The app needs to support subscriptions so there is no paywall for sites we already pay for. My fix in the past has been to click on "share" and open it in browser, but that ability is currently broken.
4. The sources seem to be shrinking. What I loved about this app was easy way to see multiple sources on same news story. The diverse sources of the past are getting too narrow. I want to see links to conservative and liberal (and in between) for more stories.
5. The format seems to be broken on a lot of sites. It is really hard to read some of them, and again, the share option is broken, so can't just use it to open in browser.
6. Overall, this can be a great news app and as I said, I am devoted to it because it is still better than most news aggregators but it is slipping and needs to get back on track. The format and share issues are getting to the point where I can't use it anymore. FIX IT ALREADY! IT HAS BEEN BROKEN FOR A FEW WEEKS!
Decent app - crazy amount of data usage 2/5
This app serves up good news from good sources and handles specific topics I’m interested in well.
However the app uses an absurd amount of data for what it is. It’s just news articles and it’s using almost 1GB a month over my LTE. This is a lot considering I use WiFi at work and Home.
Good News Feed 4/5
The app is visually clean and so far the reporting is balanced. Just got the app but it looks and reads well.
My hourly news fix 4/5
By Premium Gas Only
The original title was my daily news fix, but I just realized I use it a lot during the day.
The news alerts are the best thing since sliced bread.
It's okay, but 2/5
Really prefer to Google news in Safari. App is mediocre and lacks personalization I prefer. Sports is not news to me.
Too much white space. 3/5
Use the space for a larger font. Articles tend to be from left-leaning sources.
Great for seeing what was on R/all 8 hours ago 2/5
I'm pretty certain the people posting the stories on Google News just browse Reddit all day and repost all the top posts
Excellent for up to date news 5/5
Love reading news articles in the google app, however, now we have this amazing news app with cool features.
Better ... 3/5
Needs improvement but some of the content links actually work.
Google news, slipped away. 2/5
A step or two backwards. I'm not liking the changes. After living with it for awhile and not seeing any improving value I'm looking for new sources for my news.