As part of its 20th anniversary, the Google News redesign was officially released, adding a greater emphasis on accessibility and personalization.
Google claims the redesign (opens in new tab) “was inspired by the feedback [they] received from readers”, as the desktop site aims to make it easier to follow the news. The main stories will have a larger thumbnail and adjacent articles on the side for different types of coverage.
Immediately after opening Google News on your desktop, you’ll be greeted with the top news of the day with a local news section (no longer hidden behind menus) and custom choices on the right. You can add multiple locations to Local News if coverage of one city is not enough for you. And the menu bar that was on the left side is now at the top of the page.
Scrolling through the home sections, you’ll find Your Topics, which are six different categories that you can select from a selection of eight. These include Technology, Entertainment, Business and Sports.
After that, you have what is arguably the biggest change: the new Fact Check section. Previously, stories under Fact Check were relegated to a simple headline from a fact-checking organization like PolitiFact. Now the headlines will have a claim that has been verified. For example, there may be an allegation that President Joe Biden vetoed a particular bill. Next to that, you can see a PolitiFact fact check that states that the statement is True, False, or even Changed.
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The redesign is currently live and will be “available in over 125 countries and 40 languages” including a return to Spain (opens in new tab) who hadn’t had Google News for about eight years. Google claims it was because of a copyright law that prevented them from operating there, but the law has changed.
You can go to Google News right now and click “Try it” at the top to switch to the new design. To go back to the old style, open the Settings menu and uncheck the box next to “Start using the new Google News”.
Analysis: Looking confused
It’s hard to say whether or not people will like the redesign. The new Google News has been in the works since May, when some people came across it randomly. Initially, not everyone embraced the redesign. Some felt it was overly designed with the titles being too big.
Google News looks more like a newspaper now with headlines and images packed into one small space. Despite a cluttered appearance, some may appreciate the emphasis on local news and renewed fact checking. Misinformation is still a hot topic, after all.
Speaking of fake news, Google recently banned deepfake projects of your Collaboratory service. Despite our investigation, no one knows exactly why Google made the switch.