Google adds ‘Full Coverage’ feature to its mobile search

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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In a recent blog post, global search engine giant Google has revealed that it will be rolling out its Full Coverage feature to its Google Search on mobile devices. 

The feature allows users to get a comprehensive image of a news story from a range of sources, which is particularly useful for complex news topics with frequent updates. First appeared on the Google News platform in 2018, the Full Coverage feature makes it easier to understand complicated news stories when searching for information.

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Full Coverage on Google Search

Users can see a carousel of articles at the top of their search results that highlight the latest news while looking for timely issues that are constantly changing, such as the coronavirus pandemic. They can get to the Full coverage page by scrolling to the bottom of the Top stories carousel or clicking the More news on choice just below it. The users will then be directed to a page that provides them with different viewpoints and angles on how the news is developing from various publishers.

Mr. Itamar Snir Google Product Manager remarked that “with this launch, we’re introducing new technology that can detect long-running news stories that span many days, like the Super Bowl, too many weeks or months like the COVID-19 pandemic. We then organize the Full Coverage page to help people easily find top news along with additional content like explainers and local coverage that are helpful to understanding these complex stories”.

Users were able to see top headlines from different outlets, videos, local news accounts, FAQs, social commentary, and a timeline for stories that have played out over time when the Full Coverage feature launched in Google News in 2018. After that, Google News used a series of AI techniques to take a continuous stream of information as it came in over the Internet and analyze it in real-time to organize it into storylines.

Initially launched on mobile devices supporting English in the US, the service is planned to expand to more languages and countries.

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