According to foreign media, Google announced Monday that it was testing a special part COVID-19 adding local news content to its news app.The new test, conducted in collaboration with local news publishers, aims to help consumers understand the impact of the new crown pandemic on their communities.
The new section will highlight important updates, including a timetable for community reopening, and updates around business and school opening. It will also display information on local medical infrastructure, public transport and activities. There are also updates on how to help families in need. The Raleigh News of the local publishers who have signed up for the pilot
Daniel Rocha, Google News engineering director, wrote in a blog post:
"As cities and towns around the world respond with local policies and guidelines, the need for timely and authoritative local news and information is crucial. To help people navigate through these complex issues, we are highlighting the latest local guidance across our news products and emerging more content from local news publishers so that users can understand how the virus affects their communities. "
Google also said it had recently become easier to search for local news on covid-19 after the changes were announced in April. When people search for coronavirus information in Google search, they will not only see the existing hot news rotation, but also a new dedicated local news rotation, highlighting the timely and accurate news about their community. Google has also expanded its new carousel feature to highlight tweets from local and health authorities, making these important and up-to-date announcements easier to access. This feature is now available in more than 30 countries.
moreover, the user can now display local news on any device that supports COVID-19 Google Assistant by channel name or frequency requirement. For example, you can say: