As of right now, Google’s location based news services do not have the best reputation because of the bugs that they have had recently, but Google seems to be eager to put them out there to the public regardless. Now, they have released a new service titled “News Near you.” The entire purpose of “News Near you” is for you to receive local news automatically when you log in to the service from your android cell phone such as unlocked Motorola Atrix, HTC Inspire, etc.. It will then provide you with the news from your local area that might be relevant to you based on your search history and other factors that dictate which local news that are going to display for you.
You point your Android and Safari browser to the news page. Then, you agree to use your current location to get news for the area around you. There will be a number of local stories that are placed in a category on the left site of the page. This allows you to get the local news without having to actually alter the regular news feed. A quick test of the service shows that there is quite a bit of news out there for all of the different local areas so it might be something that is worth checking out to find great local stories that might not be mainstream news with your local news sources.
Look for Google to continue to release more location based services if this most recent release is any indication of where the company is heading next. They have put together a really great service that allows for you to get an aggregation of the local news in your area based on where you are when you log into the site using your cell phone . While this service is still in the early stages, its shows a lot of potential in terms of how much local news it is able to deliver.