Google News for desktop redesigned for a cleaner look, adds Story cards

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For those who had just visited Google News an hour ago would be surprised to see a new look of Google News page now, 11:20 pm on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. One cool feature is that this new UI saves your spot on the page as you open articles, so you'll be able to pick up browsing Google News where you left off. You can jump quickly to news you enjoy, whether it's standard sections like Sports or Entertainment, or those created by you and powered by your queries, such as "Cricket World cup' or "Hollywood', among others".

Easier navigation is promised, we new sections at the top of the page for "Headlines", "Local" and "For You", with the last two customisable if you log in with your Google account. These show headlines, local stories, and a "For you" section. In "Local", you can track stories from any part of the world that you care about-from your hometown to where you do business to where you went to school. There have always been plenty of other services that looked better than Google's counterpart, but it was their focus on performance that generally made their work come out on top of the competition. A gray background and white cards around each story bring the site more in line with what Google has been doing on Android and makes it look a lot like Google Now. The section can be accessed from the story card, and lets users sort by relevance or date, see top videos, and browse top news topics in the "Related" block.

Going back to new story cards we mentioned earlier, it's worth noting that they offer more information than the list of links Google News used to display. These usually feature sources like Snopes and the US Politifact. It offers genuine news content, which has undergone several reviews. Many of these may be labeled with tags like Local Source, Most Referenced, Opinion or Fact Check.

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Further, Google News has a added Fact Check block on the right column of "Headlines" that shows the recently published top fact checked articles.

What do you think of the new Google News layout? This way you can see additional context on stories immediately even as you are scanning. You can check out the before and after image of the websites' design below. This update is beginning to rollout and will be available globally in the coming days.

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