Google revealed a new look for its already 14 years old news reader. The Google News redesign should reportedly make the web service much easier to utilize and also more attractive to its users.
A news release presented the changes brought to Google News and its various improvements and new features.
Google News Redesign: Personalizations and Checked Facts
News will now start displaying three top sections, all situated at the center of the homepage. These will offer, in this order, a “Headlines”, “Local”, and personalized “For You” sections. These will present stories according to the user’s preselected interest areas. The sections are also followed by the tab which helps users select their desired country edition.
The Google News Redesign also brings a touch of the mobile version of the news reader to the web one. It also adds a dose of Google’s search engine design philosophy as the reader transitioned to a card-based interface.
Each story will now be featured in a clutter-free rectangle with a more prominent photo placement. Users will also be able to more easily find key information points, for example, the article’s source, its publishing date, labels or headline. Upon clicking on the rectangle, users will also find links to related subjects or coverage.
Google also added a fact-checking bar, which can be found on the right side of the Google News desktop version. Through it, users can get updates from bipartisan sites such as Snopes or PoliFact on a daily basis.
Most of the new features and changes will target the Google News desktop version. However, some of them will also migrate, if they haven’t already, to the mobile version.
“To make news more accessible and easier to navigate, we redesigned the desktop website with a renewed focus on facts, diverse perspectives, and more control for users,” wrote Anand Paka, the Google News product manager.
The redesign started being rolled out on June 27 and should be available globally in the upcoming days.
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