Google internally tests "hyper-local" Google Now news card

Google is supposedly developing and testing a fine-tuned local news card for Google Now, according to a new report.

Quartz reported on Wednesday that Google was working on a product that builds upon its current local news offerings, only it would serve up localised news stories via a Google Now "card" on Android devices or through Google’s mobile Search app.

Johanna Wright, the vice-president of search and assist at Google, allegedly called the under-wraps news card "hyper-local". Why? Well, it apparently provides filters so users can fine tune their local news results by neighbourhood.

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Google Now currently offers links to news stories that users follow on desktop, so it's assumed that the service will simply expand upon this functionality and use its news card to deliver stories based on location and preferences.

Google is purportedly testing the news card internally - and there's no word on when or if it'll ever go live outside of the company. Pocket-lint contacted Google for a confirmation, and we'll update when more information becomes available.