With a makeover that prioritises local news and tailored content, Google News has received a complete makeover for desktop users in celebration of its 20th birthday.
Users may now easily personalise the topics displayed to them by clicking the blue “customize” button in the right-hand column (just below “Picks For You”). By clicking the settings icon to the right of the Local News header, they may also add numerous locations to the “Local News” section.
Practically speaking, the greatest change is the relocation of numerous news categories. This includes world, business, science, and health, from the left-hand side of the screen to a menu bar at the top. The screenshots of the new design (top) and the previous appearance let you see how they changed from before to after (below).
Google also claims to have extended its “Fact Check” section. It features debunkings of viral claims from organisations such as Full Fact. It’s nestled down near the bottom of the webpage in an area that most people won’t see, so it’s actually not that conspicuous.
Overall, it looks like Google News has been redesigned to resemble a newspaper’s front page rather than an aggregator like an RSS feed. Even if the improvement is slight, it is appreciated.