Google News Showcase: In a Google blog post, Ceo Sundar Pichai announced an investment of $1 billion in 3 years in favor of publishing.

This is the biggest program of this kind ever launched by Google, and also a clear signal of relaxation between big G and the publishing world.

In fact, publishers and Google have often found themselves on opposite fronts, for the lack of recognition of the work done by news creators

Google has therefore revealed its last effort to recover more credibility in the news publishing world, launching Google News Showcase.

Sundar Pichai has revealed that the company will collectively pay around $1 billion to licensed news publishers to create and edit high quality content, for new panels that will appear on Google News.

Initially, these will appear on Android devices and eventually also on Google News on iOS.

Google News Showcase, development plans

Pichai said Google News Showcase will be launched first in Germany and Brazil, and then expand into other markets.

The company has already signed agreements with 200 publishers in Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.

The first publications to be launched will be Der Spiegel, Stern, Die zeit, Folha de S.Paulo, Band, Infobae, El Litoral, GH,WA and SooToday.

India, Belgium and the Netherlands will be next on the list for expansion later, continued Pichai.

At least at this early stage, Google News Showcase appears to be focused mainly on how news is being accessed on mobile devices rather than desktop computers.

Choosing Germany as one of the first markets to launch this is equally important. In this country, editors have shown themselves to be aggressive in obtaining the right copyright rights on articles made available by Google. A clear signal of relaxation and  especially a change of long-term strategy.

In fact, Pichai said that the project lasted three years but that at the same time hopes that Google News Showcase can have a much longer life.

Sundar Pichai, in the blog post, says that • The business model for newspapers, based on advertisements and subscription entries, has evolved for more than a century, since the public has turned to other news sources, including radio • Internet was the latest change, and certainly will not be the last. Together with other companies, governments and civic societies, we want to do our part by helping journalism in the 21st century not only to survive but to prosper.

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