Google fast flip released

Google has published a new version of their Google News, called Google fast flip, making it easier to browse multiple news sources through one outlet.

Fast flip is able to deliver top headlines from all around the globe, including the BBC News, New York Times, The Washing Post, and everything else from TechCrunch to Cosmopolitan, giving something for everybody to read.

Google fast flip organizes top news sources by categories of popularity, sections, topics and news sources. There is also an assortment of filters for each category to narrow down user searches, such as 'Entertainment', 'Politics', 'Sci/Tech' and more. Viewers are given a thumbnail image preview of each news source Google uses, displaying each thumbnail in an easy to view row.

Fast flip is still in the beta stages and came out of Google Labs earlier today. The service still needs more sources, but includes some helpful features such as "Like", the same type of feature Facebook offers to users.

Google fast flip is also offered in an optimized iPhone version for readers that takes advantage of the swipe left or right feature for fast browsing.


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Am I the only person not liking this? I find it hard to actually see the articles, I found myself just reading the headline printed below. For me, Google news does a better job of it.

Kushan said,
Am I the only person not liking this? I find it hard to actually see the articles, I found myself just reading the headline printed below. For me, Google news does a better job of it.

You're supposed to click on the section you like, then page through the articles. If you click on them as you page through, you get the whole article, otherwise you can just read the headlines and first couple paragraphs then move on to the next one.

Now Google needs to filter out terribly written articles, tabloids from real news from BBC, Wall Street Journal and others just like a newspaper then it would truly change how I read news online.

:S

I went to the "recommended" tab and browsed through totally random "recommended" articles, utterly confused. As if I'm leaving my news choices and will completely to a computer algorithm. (well, I *am*, so the feeling is not surprising) Hmm... I think I prefer Google News much more. That way, I can choose to go to IT & Tech news, either narrowed down to Neowin, or narrowed down by story, or topic, or any combination of those at once. This lacks several of these features. Sure, it shows pretty layouts and all, but is that necessary? Google News instead shows informative excerpts filtered from graphics, straight to the point. And the killer for me -- you can see numerous sources at once, without even having to click yourself back and forth. You can much more efficiently pick and choose the source you're interested in.

Sure, this solution is good if you want to read numerous entire articles easily, but if you're looking for something interesting to read, I think it (to put it bluntly) sucks in comparison to Google News or some other news aggregators. I mean, come on -- after stuff about "naughty sex positions" is a political article about "a new declaration of independence". Who the hell is this target demography? Would you visit a news site on sex followed by knee-deep politics? I can see people wanting to read EITHER of those, but one after another? And then followed up by an article about U2, and the guy may not even be a fan of them.

It will inevitably end up as a LOT of clicking through stuff you don't find interesting, when you could have used an intelligent search on Google News (or just looked at the various news sections for the latest news themed after your interests) and been done with it, without nearly as much page skipping.

They're IMO giving up consise information and information accessibility at the cost of attractiveness.

Antaris said,
That works quite nicely, but im not keen on the name.

Well I think they preferred this name over "Google News Nicker".

:P

"Fast flip is able to deliver top headlines from all around the globe, including the BBC News, New York Times, The Washing Post, "


Lol the washing post is one of my favorites. Always do all my laundry there.