Google News got itself revamped this week and this time the focus is more on the transparency of facts rather than the fonts. The decision of Google to change the 14 years old news reader is solely done for the purpose of making the news clutter free and make the content easier to digest and search for.
What are the latest features added?
One of the striking feature to be added is the card format which focuses mainly on the reader’s usability to browse for the stories at a faster rate which will enlist headings like publisher’s name three main sections. Namely, a top headlines list, a local list and a personalized “For You” section accommodating stories of concerning areas which have been earmarked. This process, in the long run, would help to get a clutter-free rectangle with the respective links to related coverage and subjects and would place more importance on the photo placement, as well as more appropriate placement of necessary information like an article, source, headline and publish time.
In a recent Blog post, Anand Paka, Google News’ product manager regarded that Google is the most visited platform for a quite a significant number of individuals to get a trusted and expanded view of the various happenings all around the globe. He added, “To make news more accessible and easier to navigate, we redesigned the desktop website with a renewed focus on facts, diverse perspectives, and more control for users”.
Fact Check is one of the most commonly used labels by Google for the search results. This feature provides the utility to add labels to the stories from a fast checking source like PolitiFact or Snopes when they appear in the searches. This label is now being extended to the Google News’ “Headlines” section showing a chunk of the most fact-checked stories published recently. Facts are the heart of a story’s credibility is the justification given by Google in lieu to redesigning.
All the above-mentioned changes are mainly made focusing the desktop version. But many of the changes and especially the card – based interface have made their way towards the mobile version of the service.
Lastly, these extra attempts are mainly undertaken by Google to stay in the competition with mobile- first news readers like Apple News and the embedded news delivery mechanisms of Facebook and Twitter.