Google News Gets a Redesign and a Fact Checking Option


Called Google News, the platform has received a new material design makeover that resembles the News & Weather app available for mobile devices. The new UI is more cleaner, and redesigned for easier browsing. When you click on a story card, News will show you related articles from a range of publishers offering different perspectives.

The navigation column on the left side of the page is staying and can still be customized with the topics you're interested in reading about, though some categories are moving to the navigation bar at the top of the page. Users can jump quickly to news in sections like Sports or Entertainment, or those created by them and powered by their queries, such as "FIFA World Cup" or "Bollywood".

Up next, there's a new navigation bar with "Headlines, ' "Local" as well as "For You" tabs". In "Local", one can track stories from any part of the world - from your hometown to where you do business to where you went to school.

In the "For You" section, the user can search for their own interest to create mini feed. Beginning today, Google will have a new sleek look of its News Page, departing from the old Google News page that was changed slightly six years ago.

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Google has also made its news reader a card-based interface. If you're frustrated with getting your news on Facebook, Twitter or Flipboard - or maybe you want something broader than RSS feeds like Feedly - it might be time to give Google News another chance.

There are various views - the first "offers a quick glance into a story", but naturally, you can go deeper and see articles from a range of sources and points of view. Google says the airier design is "designed for readability" and will make it easier to scan stories.

Further, Google News has a added Fact Check block on the right column of "Headlines" that shows the recently published top fact checked articles. However, this feature is only accessible to USA users. The update will roll out globally through the rest of the week. Clicking on the card will expand the list of stories beneath the main headline, offering links to related coverage, opinion and a link to full coverage. We hope the new design enables you to easily access quality journalism, bolstered with meaningful insights and comprehensive coverage.