Google News has received a massive redesign on the web that focuses on readability and simplified navigation. Feature-wise, it has more personalization, while better highlighting different perspectives and fact-checking.
Leveraging Material Design, the web app looks much cleaner and less cluttered due to wider spacing. Stories are now displayed as cards, with key elements — publisher names, article labels, and images — larger for easier glanceability. Videos are also better highlighted in cards thanks to an improved algorithm.
Expanding a card will show similar articles and different perspectives, including Opinion pieces, Local Sources, and Most Referenced. There is also a shortcut to a “Full Coverage” page to read more about a story.
Sections like World and Business now feature icons in the dedicated left-hand navigation column. Personalized topics based on your interests and previous searches also appear here.
The right-most column has several widgets, including the usual weather one and topics that are “In the News.” There is also a Fact Check “block” that lists recently proofed articles.
Meanwhile, a new tab interface is used to further refine each section by Headlines, Local, and For You. The latter is again based on your interests and creates a “mini news feed” of articles that might be of interest to you.
Lastly, Settings has also been revamped and is now a more centralized location to add custom sections and edit existing ones. This update is beginning to rollout and will be available globally in the coming days.
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