May 13th, 2011

Today Google is introducing “News near you,” a location-based content filter for Google News on mobile devices. You might be thinking, hasn’t Google provided the ability to sort stories by location for some time now? Yes, location filtering has been available for a few years now, but “News near you” marks the first time that you can enable your handset to automatically surface stories relevant to your location and surrounding areas based on location data provided by your smartphone.

To enable the functionality, navigate to Google News in your mobile browser. A pop-up will appear asking if you want to enable location sharing. Agreeing creates a new news category called “News near you.” While some will gripe about Google’s collecting of location data, this new feature is hardly nefarious. Head over to Google News to check it out now.

[via Google]