As a whole, Google has been around for quite a long time.  The search engine has certainly grown since its inception in 1998.  The same can be said for Google News, as it’s now 15 years old.  Since its release, it’s had a number of changes and has had features added to it, as well as some minor redesigns.  The last big redesign it had was back in 2010.  But today, it s finally getting another one.

for this feature, the idea is to add content depth, as well as simplify the layout and navigation.  According to Anand Paka, the Google news product manager, the redesign intends to connect users with more quality journalism and to make Google News more accessible to everyone and less of a power user product.

Paka had said that Google News is adding “more facts, perspectives and context.”  Not only is it going to be more simple to use, but it will have more depth as well.  The above image shows the side by side comparison of the old and new layouts.


Before, the former version of the layout was very link heavy, but with the new layout, it’s easier to scan from a visual standpoint.  It even provides a cleaner navigation and allows for more personalization.  Video is being made to be more prominent as well.

Along the top of the page, there are new tabs for “Headlines,” “Local” and “For You.”  With the Local tab, Google will be able to greatly expand the availability of local news  Paka said that Local (news) “is an anticipated area of growth.” Both “Local” and “For You” (by definition) are or can be personalized.

New “story cards” were created by Google to offer a variety of perspectives on a topic.  The initial presentation is a summary view, and it gives users the ability to get more context, perspectives and depth.  In order to help in that process, Google added directional tags, like Local Source, Opinion, Fact Check and others. There’s also a “full coverage” option, which provides many additional sources.There is even a “full coverage” option, which provides other additional sources.

The Fact Check label shows whether or not an article has been fact-checked.  This option is currently only in the US for now.

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