Google News is getting more personal with desktop redesign

On its 20th birthday, Google News got a fresh color for computer users, with a redesign that gives more attention to local news and personalized content.

Users can now more easily customize the themes displayed by clicking the blue “customize” button in the right column (appears just below “Choose for you”). They can also add more locations to the Local News section by pressing the settings button to the right of the Local News header.

In practical terms, the biggest change is that different categories of news – such as the world, business, science and health – have been moved from the left side of the screen to the menu bar at the top. You can compare before and after the screenshots of the new design (top above) and the old look (below).

The old Google News design put topics in the left column and gave more space for the weather.

Google News has been around for 20 years, since its launch in 2002.
Image: Google

Google says it has also expanded its “Fact Check” section, which emphasizes the disclosure of viral claims by organizations such as Full Fact. However, it is not so noticeable and hidden in the section that most visitors will not see at the bottom of the home page.

All in all, I think the redesign of Google News makes it look more like the front page of a newspaper than a collective source like an RSS feed (RIP Google Reader). That’s a pretty small change, but a welcome one.

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