Google to Push Full Dark Theme & Thumbs Up and Down Feature for Google News

Google’s News app is a good one. Not only does it give you a feed of the important stuff happening around, but it also is programmed to be for YOU. Say, if you’re the kind of person who enjoys tech-related news, then the app would be pushing news related to, for example, Google and Apple. Google has continued to evolve its app and give users good functionality where the app grows with you.

In a recent article posted on XDA Developers, the company is pushing towards two new features: Full Dark mode and News Rating.

About the Features

Talking about the full dark mode feature first. While Google did push a dark mode for its proprietary apps last year, this was just restricted to said apps. Any outward link opened didn’t really adopt this. This was the case with the news app as well. Upon opening a piece of news, it would open in an in-app browser with a light theme. Google plans to fix that, providing an app-wide dark theme. This would mean that opening news would be in dark mode as well. The people at XDA tried to emulate this to show how it would look.

Dark Mode in WebPreview of the News. Via XDA Developers

Secondly, there is the idea of rating the news pushed at you. Google’s AI works all the time to make sure you only get the content that is suitable for you. Therefore, according to the news, Google plans on bringing a rating system in the form of Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down. What users can do is rate the news they see on their feed and thereby instructing the system what genre, what topic they would best prefer.

As for the timeline for these features, it is still unknown. The article suggests that Google is almost done with the development phase and would be pushing these to the end-users soon. Perhaps we would know for sure in the upcoming updates.


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