I have become a heavy Google Now user. But I want it to do more than it’s currently doing. One of the things that I think Google Now should do or become (in addition) is a “morning newspaper.”
Facebook’s new Flipboard-like Paper, which won initial raves, is more or less explicitly modeled on the daily newspaper concept. However I don’t think it ultimately succeeds because of the mixing of professional and personal content (posts from friends about silly things mixed with stories about Ukraine, Obamacare, etc.)
However Google Now could present a list of publications or news sources for users to choose from or, alternatively, stories of interest. That could be supplemented by behavioral cues. Google Now periodically solicits feedback on its cards so this idea of user choice/selection isn’t far fetched.
Google News on a mobile device isn’t particularly successful. Frankly neither have been any of Google’s efforts to aggregate news content in the past (see Currents). But Now presents a new opportunity for the company.
I would like to be able to swipe up on my Nexus tablet and see top stories of interest from various news sources. Google does a very weak version of this currently with its search/alerts related content suggestions.
Google Now could become a terrific “morning newspaper” if the company were to mix its Now personalization with some version of Google News.
What do you think of this idea?