How long has it been since you visited the desktop site for Google News? Well, this might be the perfect time to do so, as Google has just rolled out a major overhaul of the site, focused on increased accessibility and cutting down on clutter.
As you can see the new Google News layout consists of a user-configurable sidebar, a list of Story Cards – which display quick info tidbits at a glance – and extra information including weather reports and commonly-searched keywords.
The Cards also allow readers the opportunity to gain more insight on the topic by offering quick access to Related Coverage. Clicking on the “Full coverage” option in a Story Card will bring up the full story.
At the top of the page, you’ll see a new navigation bar with sections for Headlines, Local, For You – a tool which personalizes your news feed based on your particular set of interests – and US-related topics.
Google also included a new Fact Check option – so far available only for US readers – in the sidebar, which makes it easier to judge the reliability of a story. The algorithm for selecting videos has also been improved, as well as the built-in player.
If you’re curious to see how the new Google News looks like, you can go ahead and check the website right now, as the changes have already been implemented.