Microsoft has just started to begin releasing a rather interesting new feature in it’s Microsoft Edge Android app, and this feature is called “NewsGuard”. Generally, if you hate fake news, you may just love this feature, or at least the idea behind it, as NewsGuard will let you know how credible a news source really is.
This feature is been available in a beta version of the Microsoft Edge app ever since the beginning of the month, and it’s now rolling out to a stable version apparently. Microsoft has also confirmed that “NewsGuard uses journalists to fight false news, misinformation, and disinformation”. The firm says that it’s trained analysts, who are, essentially experienced journalists, do research online to figure out news brands in order to spot the legitimate and not-so-legitimate news sources.
And as of now, this main new feature that the company has added to this app through the latest update, is not the only one. The company also started releasing “Close the browser” option, which resides within the ellipsis menu. Though with some bug fixes, and performance improvements, are all listed in the changelog, it seems.
It may also worth mentioning that the legitimacy of the news source is represented by a green-red rating scale so, as you may have guessed, green is good, and red is bad. It remains to be seen if this new feature will actually benefit users using Microsoft Edge, as the eternal war against false news continues.
Microsoft Edge in 2019 and what it offers
Microsoft Edge has basically come a long way ever since Microsoft released it for Android, as it has managed to become a rather compelling browser alternative to Chrome, Firefox, Opera and also the other leading internet browsers for Android.
Microsoft Edge has actually hit five million Android downloads and installs as of June last year, and the company had released quite a few updates for the app just last year. Back in December, Microsoft had actually replaced the Edge engine with Google’s Chromium Blink (which goes for Microsoft Edge in general, not the application in specific), while the web browser received an ad-blocking feature just earlier last year, at the end of June.
The browser actually uses AdBlock Plus in order to block the unwanted ads, while it comes with a “Reading view” as well. History is a part of the offering of course, while the “Camera search” feature comes built into the app as well, the same goes for voice search as well.
If you opt to link your Android Smartphone with your Windows 10 based device, you can actually seamlessly sync content like websites for example. These are just some of the features this browser has to offer, while the design of the application is also quite meant for minimalists or something, which many people will appreciate. If you would like to try out this browser and it’s newest NewsGuard feature, a download link is included down below and it will take you to the Google Play Store. Microsoft Edge is of course free to download, though it does not include ads or in-app purchases too, and it currently holds a 4.5 star rating in the Play Store, in case you wondered.
via Android Headlines