The defaults to enable or disable are the same as they ever were (National, World, Sports, Business, Tech, et cetera), but there's a new Spotlight section as well.
This mirrors the editor-selected Spotlight section on the Google News website.
The stories aren't infinite, and after a few you're given a link to the main app.
Though you're dependent on the filters in the Google News web service for the stories themselves, the widget is a fantastic way to get some topical news.
As a daily user of the "Genie" widget for more than four years, I've come to love its simplicity and flexibility.
The same basic layout is included, but the app visuals and design have been brought forward into the Kit Kat (and in some places, Android L) era.
In case it isn't obvious, the darker screenshots are from the old version, pre-installed on the Nexus 5. The standard 4x1 widget that's been there forever remains structurally the same, but there are some big changes.
When viewing news headlines, you can now tap the down arrow on the right side to manually scroll to the next story.
Google has finally broken the app onto the Play Store for independent updates.
The 2.0 release, years in the making, is now available for most 4.0 devices.
Happened to my new i Phone 8p, used a previous backup to restore data.
Update: An update to the News & Weather app posted yesterday, September 8th, seems to have fixed some of the compatibility errors people have been seeing.
We'll have more in-depth analysis on the improved News & Weather app and widgets soon.