The company on Friday added new functionality that gives users of the mobile version of its site the ability to view news stories based on their current location. The feature is available on iPhone and Android devices.
The catch? Users will need to visit the site and approve of their mobile browser sharing location data with Google. After setting up the feature, local headlines would appear in a section called "News Near Me" at the bottom of the page.
If you rather see local headlines before national and world news, you can change the tab order by visiting the personalization settings page.
"News Near Me" is an extension of functionality that had been enabled on Google News' desktop site . You can set up the local news feature there by entering your ZIP code, though the site already attempts to grab statewide headlines for visitors using their computer's IP address.
Users can turn off the feature by either hiding the section in personalization settings or adjusting the settings for your browser. Deleting cookies will also have the same effect. But remember that if you do that your settings across all websites will disappear.