Google announced a trio of new features for Google News: new sections for sports scores and weather, and the expansion of the “Editors’ Picks” section.
Google has been getting better with sports scores over the past year or so, and is now adding a new section utilizing the same information to Google News homepage and sports page. It shows snapshots of live, recently concluded and imminent sporting events. From there, you can also find related info about games and matches. The section, like much of the rest of Google News, is also customizable. You can turn off sports you’re not interested in, for example.
For now, it’s only available in the U.S., but Google says it will soon expand into more countries, and will also include more sports.
The new weather section appears in the right-hand column on the homepage.
“With a quick glance, this section lets you see the 4-day weather forecast starting from today,” says Google News product manager Anand Paka. “The weather section is ‘smart’ – it defaults to show the weather for your current location. (As with local news, you can set this location manually.) We think this is a neat feature as you can track local weather conditions right next to the top stories without having to jump elsewhere to get this information.”
Finally, the Editors’ Picks section, previously available on the homepage, is being extended to section pages.