ScreenCloud Google News App Guide

Get the latest news headlines from Google direct to your digital screen.

Apr 2018

ScreenCloud Google News App Guide

The ScreenCloud Google News app makes it easy to take the latest trending headlines and stories from Google News and share them to your digital screens. Choose from a variety of different news types such as “Top Stories”, “Technology” and “Entertainment” and get the latest headlines as they come in. This ensures your customers or staff members are always up to date with the latest news and increases screen view time.

With the ScreenCloud Google News app you can:

  • Choose from a variety of news sources such as Business and Health news
  • See the latest news headlines update, as they come in
  • Customize the display of news in your brand colors

Here’s how it works:

1. Select and install ScreenCloud’s Google News app

To begin, follow this link and select “Install this app” in the bottom right-hand corner. This will log you in to your ScreenCloud account, or prompt you to set up our free trial in order to use the Google News app and others within our App Store.

Once logged in, select “Add this app” from the top right-hand corner.

2. Choose which headlines to show

Next, you will need to decide which headlines matter most to your audience. Don’t worry if you can’t decide - you can add the Google News app as many times as you like, each with a different set of headlines.

Use the dropdown to pick which category you would like to show.

3. Choose your settings

In the settings panel you will need to choose your settings for the below options:

  • Next post delay (seconds) - this is how long you want to show each piece of news for
  • Design - here you have the default option which is our latest design, or the original option which is our old design:

Default Google News display

Original Google News display

  • Image blending - full, medium or none. This is how much you would like the headline and image to blend in your news display.
  • Theme - this is where you can select a theme to display the headlines in a specific color or your brand guidelines.

Creating a theme

The preset options for Google News include the default or white theme:

A dark theme:

You can also create a completely custom theme using any colors you like. For example, here is the Google News app in our brand colors:

To create a custom theme, check out our guide on how to use the App Theme Editor. Once you’ve set up a custom theme you will see this in the theme dropdown box within the Google News settings.

4. Preview your results

Before you save your app it’s a great idea to give it a preview. Click “Preview” and a small pop-up window will show you exactly what your Google News app will look like on screen - including any brand colors.

If you want to test a different setting simply click “Close Preview” and make any changes.

When you’re happy with how your headlines look in the preview, click “Add App.”

5. Add Google News apps to a playlist

Once you’ve chosen to “Add App,” you can give your headlines a name. This will make it easy to find if you use more than one set of Google News headlines within your displays (for example ‘Business’ headlines or ‘Entertainment’ headlines.

Next, go to “Playlists” and drag and drop the app from the selection bar on the right-hand side, to the playlist of your choosing.

Frequently asked questions:

Can I add more than one set of headlines to my display?

Yes, you can add as many different versions of Google News app to your playlists as you like. Simply repeat the process, choosing which headlines you would like for each. Just ensure that you name each set with something different so you can easily spot them in your content library later on.

How often does the app update with new headlines?

Google News is syndicated by RSS so new headlines appear as they are added by Google.

Can I use Google News in portrait mode?

Yes, Google News app is compatible with both portrait and landscape screens.

For further questions, please contact support@screen.cloud with details.   

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