Google Discover Stories May 11

Google wants to give you more control over the advertising that appears in Search, the Discover feed, and YouTube with its upcoming “My Ad Center.”

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Google Discover Stories May 10

In a limited experiment, Google Search has begun showing like counts for articles in the Android app’s Discover feed for some.

Update: Google is continuing to test this feature, with a slightly broader rollout.

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Google Discover Stories April 5

Google Discover tests expanded weather info at top of feed [Update: Sports & stocks]

Google has once again tweaked its signature Discover feed on Android to offer redesigned and expanded weather information at the top.

Update: Sports scores and stock info are also appearing in this same area.

Google Discover Stories March 1

Google app tweaks its dark theme on Android to be darker

Similar to desktop Search changes last week, the Google app on Android has been updated with a darker dark theme as part of today’s beta.

Google Discover Stories November 24, 2021

To the left of most Android homescreens is a feed that “actively tunes itself to a user’s interests and displays content that aligns with those interests.” This is Google Discover and something that people have many varying opinions about that are rooted in what it replaced: Google Now.

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Google Discover Stories September 29, 2021

You can quickly access Google app settings, reminders from the Pixel Launcher’s Discover feed

The Google app recently lost its “More” tab for a unified panel when opening the account switcher. That new settings menu can now be accessed in the Google Discover feed to the left of the Pixel Launcher.

Google Discover Stories August 18, 2021

In June, Google redesigned Discover to be “more streamlined” by removing article descriptions and making other visual tweaks. On Android 12, the Google Discover feed to the left of the Pixel Launcher has added more Material You flourishes.

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Google Discover Stories August 17, 2021

Neat tool replaces Google Discover w/ Google Now-like ‘Snapshot’ on rooted Android phones

Google Discover has filled the spot on the left-most panel of many Android homescreens for years now, but it replaced a tool that had some genuinely useful functions. Now, a new tool from a talented Android developer offers users the choice between Discover and “Snapshot,” the offering that replaced Google Now.

Google Discover Stories July 27, 2021

With Tokyo 2020 well underway, there’s just a barrage of news about various events, results, and medal standings. Google Discover is highlighting a hub of sorts that’s quite a nice way to keep track of all things Olympics. 

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Google Discover Stories July 23, 2021

Following a “more streamlined” redesign for Android 12 that has since rolled out to older OS versions, Google Discover is testing showing an article’s related keywords.

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Google Discover Stories June 30, 2021

Back in April, Google started rolling out a redesign of the Discover feed available to the left of most Android homescreens. After first going live for phones running Android 12, Google is now bringing the “more streamlined” Discover to older devices.

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Google Discover Stories June 22, 2021

Starting on Android 12, Google is rolling out the next big redesign of Discover. This visual revamp of the feed was first introduced on iOS and is now coming to Android.

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Google Discover Stories May 26, 2021

At the end of last month, Google redesigned the Discover feed on Android 12. With today’s Doodle celebrating the Savoy Ballroom, some rather Material You-like theming is being applied to Google Discover on the Pixel Launcher.

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Google Discover Stories April 14, 2021

The latest beta version of the Google app includes a redesign of the homescreen Discover feed on Android 12 that revamps the header and removes the search bar.

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Google Discover Stories April 2, 2021

Google Discover exists to the left of most Android homescreens, the dedicated Search app, and Chrome’s New Tab page. It’s meant to show articles, videos, and – increasingly – stories that are relevant to your interests. Publishers have been seeing significant drops in traffic from Google Discover, with many associating them with changes that have also impacted the quality of what appears. 

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Google Discover Stories March 28, 2021

Google Discover is increasingly showing old news and content for some

With Discover, Google wants to “help you uncover fresh and interesting content about things that matter to you.” Something appears to have recently changed with Google Discover as more than a few users are increasingly being served old news and more evergreen articles.

Google Discover Stories March 26, 2021

Over the past week, Google Discover has made two tweaks to the feed’s design. The first sees Posts on Google get a more prominent Discover layout, while sports carousels have been removed to improve usability.

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Google Discover Stories March 15, 2021

Google Discover shrinks weather info down to a chip

Google’s ever-present Discover feed is testing a minor design tweak that moves the weather from a wide strip down to a chip in the corner.

Google Discover Stories March 12, 2021

Google Discover gets auto-advancing slideshow ad format

Alongside web articles, YouTube videos, and Web Stories, advertising frequently appears in the Google feed available to the left of most Android homescreens. Google Discover is now getting a new ads slideshow format that automatically moves you to the next image.

Google Discover Stories February 27, 2021

Back in August, Google Discover started surfacing “Short videos” to join webpages, regular videos, and later, AMP-based Web Stories. Ahead of the beta coming to the US next month, Google is testing YouTube Shorts and other short-form content in Discover.

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Google Discover Stories February 23, 2021

Google surfacing lightweight HTML5 games in Discover, Chrome around the world

A year ago, Google’s Area 120 incubator launched an HTML5 gaming platform to “test whether lightweight, casual games would resonate with people who use the internet via low memory devices on 2G and 3G networks.” Proving popular, these HTML5 games are now being coming to Discover, Assistant, and Chrome for Next Billion Users (NBU).

Google Discover Stories February 2, 2021

Besides the feed to the left of most Android homescreens and the Google app for iOS, Discover is also available in Chrome’s new tab page on mobile. Website owners will soon be able to see Discover traffic from Chrome in the Google Search Console.

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Google Discover Stories January 29, 2021

Google Discover tests marking each article with hashtags

Google’s interest-based stories field is to the left of even more Android homescreens following the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy S21 and continued One UI 3.1 rollout. Google Discover is now interestingly testing applying hashtags to every article that appears.

Google Discover Stories January 14, 2021

Samsung devotes a portion of every Unpacked event to talk about its partners, and the Google segment today revealed how Messages is “native” on the Galaxy S21, while you can connect Duo video calls to your TV.

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Google Discover Stories January 4, 2021

The Google Discover feed is a useful place to keep up with new stories you’re interested in, but the functionality becomes even handier when it’s a part of the homescreen. That experience is only available on select devices such as Pixels, but starting on the Galaxy S21, Samsung may finally adopt Google Discover.

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Google Discover Stories December 17, 2020

Google is upgrading its Discover feed with some new recommendation options, including a Google TV-like “What to watch” for movies, as well as beauty and apparel recommendations.

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Google Discover Stories December 10, 2020

Google’s Discover Feed is more or less in a constant state of flux thanks to tests, experiments, and tweaks. It now looks as though Google is testing a clean, cardless Discover Feed.

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Google Discover Stories October 19, 2020

Google Discover linking to Google News full coverage, tests ‘hearts’ for feedback

After adding a Web Stories carousel, Google Discover is making two tweaks to cards. The first sees a “heart” being used for feedback, while Discover on some articles will link to Google News full coverage.

Google Discover Stories October 6, 2020

Google is heavily pushing an AMP-based stories format, with last month seeing the launch of a WordPress plug-in and new Web Creators community. Web Stories are now officially coming to Google Discover in a much more prominent manner.

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Google Discover Stories September 23, 2020

To the left of most Android homescreens is a personalized feed of articles, YouTube videos, and — increasingly — AMP Stories. Google Discover is now offering episode recommendations from Google Podcasts for some users.

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Google Discover Stories August 24, 2020

TikTok has been or is in the process of being banned in some countries. This has resulted in new or existing services trying to replicate its success, while Google Discover is now directly highlighting “Short videos.”

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Google Discover Stories July 10, 2020

Google has surfaced AMP Stories since late 2018 to give publishers a way to deliver “news and information as visually rich, tap-through stories.” They currently appear as one-off cards, but Google Discover is now testing a “Stories” carousel.

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Google Discover Stories June 25, 2020

Google announced today that it will pay publishers for high-quality content. Licensed stories and articles will appear in a “new news experience launching later this year.”

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Google Discover Stories June 7, 2020

[Update: Fixed] Latest Google app beta crashes when you customize Discover on Android

A bug with the latest Google app beta today sees the Discover feed available to the left of Android homescreens consistently crash. This issue affects both Google and non-Pixel devices.

Google Discover Stories May 27, 2020

Last May, Google officially announced that ads were coming to Discover. As part of that, the company previewed new Google Discovery ads for the Android and iOS feed, as well as Gmail and YouTube. They are now generally available around the world.

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Google Discover Stories May 19, 2020

Google Discover not loading for some on Android due to sign-in error

Discover provides a feed of personalized articles that are usually relevant to your interests. A sign-in error where no stories load is plaguing Google Discover on Android today.

Google Discover Stories April 30, 2020

Google appears to be testing a new ‘heart’ preference option for the content shown on your Discover personal information and news feed.

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Google Discover Stories April 21, 2020

Google Discover grouping together ‘COVID-19 news’ in one list

Earlier this month, Google noted how coronavirus-related searches are surpassing its most common and consistent queries. For its part, the company is surfacing resources everywhere from Search to Assistant. Google Discover is now compiling COVID-19 news into one glanceable card.

Google Discover Stories April 14, 2020

The OnePlus 8 lineup went official today and along with it, a handful of new changes to OxygenOS too. One noteworthy change delivers Google’s Discover feed to the OnePlus Launcher in place of the “Shelf.”

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Google Discover Stories March 23, 2020

As the novel coronavirus has spread globally, it’s vital that the right information to be made available to everyone. In its continued efforts, today Google has added a new “coronavirus tips” shortcut to Assistant, as well as another shortcut for finding the latest news on the subject.

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Google Discover Stories March 16, 2020

Google today lets you control Discover by hiding stories and publications, as well as specifying interests. Users can now “Report content” that appears in Google Discover with a number of available reasons.

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Google Discover Stories November 13, 2019

Google Discover recommending more interests for you to follow

Over the past day, some Google Discover users have been served a “Discover more” recommendations card that prompts them to customize their feeds with more interests. There’s also a home view for topics and tweaked article cards.

Google Discover Stories August 27, 2019

Google Discover is currently focused on surfacing content relevant to your interests. This so far has included news stories, both new and evergreen articles, and YouTube videos. Discover is now adding restaurant recommendation cards from Google Maps.

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Google Discover Stories August 15, 2019

Google app gains prominent share button when browsing Discover, Search

The Google app has added a useful share shortcut when viewing Discover articles or Search results on Android. Appearing in the top-right corner, it’s elevated from the browser’s otherwise long overflow menu.

Google Discover Stories July 19, 2019

The Google Discover feed is a handy way to keep up on your interests when it comes to news articles or even videos. On some of its self-branded smartphones, however, T-Mobile is now showing its own bloat alongside the Google Discover feed, but not in the way you might think.

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Google Discover Stories June 3, 2019

In the first major tweak since last September’s rebrand, Google Discover has removed the topic bubbles that appear above every card. This makes for a cleaner and more compact feed, with the tweak rolling out today.

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Google Discover Stories May 14, 2019

Over the past year, more and more users have spotted ads appearing in Google Discover. At Google Marketing Live today, the company officially announced two types of advertising from Google Ads that can appear in the article feed to the left of Android’s homescreen.

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Google Discover Stories April 12, 2019

Nova Launcher update delivers Google Discover dark mode support, Numeric Dots

Android users have been clamoring for dark mode support for a couple of years now, and it’s finally starting to happen. This week, one of the most popular third-party launchers, Nova Launcher, has brought over a bit more darkness by supporting Google Discover’s dark theme.

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