Microsoft’s new curatorial news application intends to slice through the deluge with the assistance of artificial intelligence (AI). Hummingbird, which was first spotted by Android Police, has discreetly propelled on Android in a few nations.
From Google News to Apple News to Facebook and Twitter’s algorithmic feeds, the absolute greatest organizations out there are doing their best to discover the news you need to peruse, however truth be told, few of them figure out how to do it.
Microsoft is throwing its hat in the ring with a new app, Hummingbird, and there is mixed feelings after the first-run experience.
“Hummingbird uses the latest AI and search technology to help you locate stories and videos on topics you care about and from sources you trust on the web,” the app’s description on the Google Play Store reads. “The more you use Hummingbird, the better it gets at searching and locating stories from across the web that you’ll like — and avoiding ones you won’t,” the app description reads.
Availability & Capabilities
The Microsoft Humming bird is available on PC , iOS and Android. It’s currently available only in the US, and is the company’s second news aggregation app. It features text to speech, copy text , save, share or simply block.
Hummingbird lets you pick your favorite topics and subtopics from a list, and make a curated feed of news called ‘Your Mix. Not at all like Google News, you can’t penetrate down to granular alternatives like an explicit games group or player, or organization, or VIPs . Instead, you get general categories like cricket ,celebrities, road trips, and cooking.
You can tap the options button on any article to save it, share it, dislike it, or simply just block all news from that particular source. Tapping an article mode opens it in the first site it was distributed in, however keeps Hummingbird’s title bar where you can switch into a perusing (with control over font, background color, and text size) as well as copy the URL.
Beyond the feed, Hummingbird’s got a search function for topics and viral videos, and a profile tab — aptly titled “Me” — that yields a list of topics you’re following, articles you’ve saved, and your viewing history. The latter is also where you can disable automatic GIF and video playback.
Microsoft says Hummingbird will get better with time, as the AI learns more about what you like to read and what you avoid. Though, as always, that’s to be seen.