Google News Redesign Focuses on UX, Facts and User Control

Google News gets a much-needed redesign to cut down on clutter and confusion

Google News redesign

After years of sticking with essentially the same design, nobody was going to accuse Google News of looking modern.

For the first time in years, Google News - Google's web service that aggregates news from around the internet - just got a major redesign. The Google News page now has three tabs on top of the homepage - Headlines section, Local section and a For You section (personalised search results).

There is now a pivotal or panaromic sub-division of categories where the new is divided in to categories like "Headlines", "Local", "For You" and a tag for the user to select the country. Users can sign in to personalise "Local" and "For You" sections. In "Local", one can track stories from any part of the world that he or she cares about-from their hometown to where they do business to where they went to school. In "For You", users can pinpoint niche interests and create their own mini news feed, whether it's following their favorite team, or satisfying themselves with news on gadgets and gizmos.

Google also has a Google News and Weather app available for iOS and Android, and with the advent of Apple News, has some solid competition there too, in addition to Flipboard and other apps out there.

There's a videos section with "improved algorithmic selection for top videos", and all the settings for Google News are now "in one place".

Google has finally unveiled a redesigned Google News that looks less like The Drudge Report and much more modern. Also, all of these features are only on the desktop version right now, but few are already being seen on the mobile interface as well. You can customise the latter two to keep up-to-date on events in locations you're interested in and around subjects of your choice.

We've adopted a card format that makes it easier to browse, scan and identify related articles about a story. Now we're adding a Fact Check block on the right column of "Headlines" that shows the top fact checked articles recently published (this feature is currently available in the USA only). These usually feature sources like Snopes and the US Politifact.

Google said "we hope this update will better connect our readers with great journalism and give them meaningful insights and context into the world of news".

Along with the page full of summaries of articles, users will find a link to fuller coverage of a topic.

Meanwhile Google seems to have been rolling out a large search algorithm update starting sometime around Sunday, June 25.

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