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Issue 7529: News and Weather App/Widget: Use actual location, instead of locale setting, for news
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Reported by, Apr 4, 2010
It appears that the selection of news topics, and the sources and contents
of articles themselves, are based solely on the locale selected in a
device's settings. Given how few locales are available and how
widely-spoken languages like English, French, and Spanish are, this seems

For example, in the case of English, there are only two locale options:
English (United Kingdom) and English (United States). In the absence of an
English (Canada) option, I chose UK for the common spellings. As a result,
I'm offered UK-focused news, which isn't of interest to me. If
Canadian-focused news isn't available, I would be more interested in
getting US news.

The simple solution (from the user's perspective) would be to use the
actual location of the device to decide what news to offer. This must be
doable, since the location is already being used for the weather. Another
solution would be to allow the user to choose which country he/she wants
the news customized for, with the initial, default selection being
determined from the locale or, preferably, location of the device. This
would mean an extra setting, but it would also mean that a user could, for
example, choose whether to receive local news or news from home while

I filed this as a feature request because it certainly appears to be
working as designed. However, in reality, I'd call it a design bug, as it
renders the news portion of the News and Weather app useless for whole
classes of users.
Apr 5, 2010
#1 kblobo
OH YES!  I had the same issue.  I chose UK for common spellings too and ended up 
getting a bunch of UK centric news stories.  Google news allows selections for so many 
locales.  Why can't this widget?  

If they can base it on the GPS location that'd be even better.  But allowing the option 
of choosing countries that are available in Google News would be the minimum.
Apr 7, 2010
No thank-you. When I'm travelling with work, I do NOT want the local news - I want the 
news for my home, i.e. my locale, not my current location.

No problem with this as an option, but please not as a default.
Jul 13, 2010
#3 steven.harrison
+1 vote from me to make this an option.

I'm a Brit living in the USA, and I still spell things the UK way, however setting the locale to 'en-gb' gives me all the UK-centric news feeds, rather than the ones at home. 

Also, it would be nice if Google News feeds were synced with the news applet too.
Aug 6, 2010
#4 kblobo
Google news has so many country settings on the web.  Why can't I be given the option to pick one of those?  The way the widget is currently implemented is terrible.
May 19, 2011
I'm not english but i like to have android working in english. 
Please allow the news and weather app/widget to allow choosing the country for news manually or via location.
Jan 5, 2012
#6 XavierGr
Sometimes the non-english translation of the GUI is quite confusing. I want the locale in English but the widget news from my country.

Please offer an option.
May 20, 2012
Same problem. Need widget to show news from India in english. Need an option - 'English(India)'
Aug 22, 2012
Same problem. I got my tablet with a foreign rom in EN US, which isn't a problem, but news app shows stuff from this country and I want to change it to mine.

Dec 31, 2012
same problem for the six million belgian speakers of dutch.  you only get news from the netherlands.
Feb 14, 2013
I don't understand why choosing that I spell 'colour' as 'colour' I have to read news from the UK?

Last I heard, Canada had it's own news.
Jul 21, 2013
Got the same problem here. I bought my phone in Quebec (Canada) and now that I'm back to France, I only have news from Canada. I tried installing a French .APK and it worked for a day or two and then switched back to Canada.
Please let us choose which country we want to follow in the options.
Jul 21, 2013
This website is for developer issues with AOSP Android not Google apps such as News and Weather. Please report your issue to "Google mobile help forum" where there are dedicated forums for each Google mobile app - you are much more likely to get a response there. 
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