Google announced in a recent blog post that it’s added the ‘Full Coverage’ feature to Search to allow users to discover all aspects of a story from different perspectives.
‘’This past year has reminded us that the most important news stories are often complex and ever-evolving.’’ said Itamar Snir, Product Manager of Google News, in the blog post. ‘’Stories like the COVID-19 pandemic and the U.S. elections played out over many months, with myriad threads and developments all happening at once. People are hungry for context that helps them break down and understand these complicated stories from multiple perspectives.’’
The tech giant first introduced the feature for Google News back in 2018, allowing users to access top news, local headlines, in-depth articles, explainers and more on important news stories with a single click. The company has expanded the feature and it is now available for Search users too.
When you make a search for timely topics, Google shows you the Top Stories carousel for highlighted articles in the beginning of your search result page. For developing news stories such as COVID19 articles, you can now view the Full Coverage page by scrolling down to the end of the Top Stories carousel or clicking on the ‘’More news on…’’ button which is below the Top Stories carousel.
The most important news stories are often complex and ever-evolving. Full Coverage in Search makes it easier for people to explore all aspects of a news story from a variety of perspectives. https://t.co/pxyNCJ0uKS pic.twitter.com/Ze2OqE2Bks— Google (@Google) March 10, 2021
‘’With this launch, we’re introducing new technology that is able to detect long-running news stories that span many days, like the Super Bowl, to many weeks or months like the COVID-19 pandemic’’ added Itamar Snir. ‘’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.’’
Google announced that the feature is currently available for the English language in the United States but will be rolled out to more markets and languages in the upcoming months.