When you’ve been browsing your phone or desktop, chances are you’ve come across local or international news via Google Discover or Google News.
Google News is an aggregation service that collects news from thousands of publishers and magazines around the world and then delivers it to users like you. For many, this is their main source of news and information.
Google announced that Google News is getting a makeover. Let’s explore the new look of Google News, what’s changed, and what to expect from Google News in the future.
Google News gets a makeover
As most popular sites for a long time, Google News was launched in September 2002. On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, Google is giving it a facelift. The announcement was contained in a blog post shared by Google.
The original Google News looked much clumsier, with a navigation bar on the side and widgets on the left.
Google’s updated design for Google News looks much more modern. The navigation bar with categories has been moved up and the design has been updated.
What has changed with the redesign of Google News?
As seen in the images above, the original Google News site has a left sidebar whose top section features categories such as Top Stories, For you, Follow, Saved searches, and COVID-19.
The bottom section of the left sidebar features categories such as Local News, World News, Business, Technology, Entertainment, Science, Sports, and Health.
In the right sidebar, there is a dedicated section for local weather and fact-checking, which allows you to check the information. All of the categories listed above have been removed from sidebars in the new Google News.
These are now tabs in the top toolbar of the new Google News site, making the site appear like a simplified version of the original Google News site.
The new Google News site has a Your Briefing feature that contains all your key news recommendations, more like streams in Chrome. With the cleaner margins, they allow you to focus more on the news without the surrounding clutter of the old Google News site.
How to try the new Google News
Like many other users, you’re probably eager to experience the new Google News for yourself. Fortunately, the process is simple and straightforward. Here’s how to use the new version of Google News:
- Visit Google News through Chrome on your desktop.
- Go to the top of the page with the announcement of the new look and click on Try it.
- If you use a browser other than Chromeclick either on take a look Where Connect and change.
Spend some time on the new Google News site and see if you notice any changes to how your usual news is delivered.
How to get back to original Google News
If for some reason you prefer the original Google News, it’s also easy to switch back to the previous site. Here’s how to get back to the original Google News site.
- While still on the new Google News site, click the gear button. You’ll find it near the search field, next to the Help button.
- Click on Settings.
- Go to the bottom of the page and uncheck the box Start using the new Google News box, and you’ll be back to normal.
Note that you will need to be signed in to your Google account to switch back to original Google News. You can switch between the two sites as many times as you want.
What to expect from the new Google News
The new Google News prioritizes local news and personalized content. It is also much easier to navigate and has a better user interface, which helps improve the user experience.
For example, with the new tab layout, similar to most websites, you can quickly switch from local news to global news and vice versa with a single click. You can also access settings more easily.
Whether you settle for the new Google News or the original Google News, you can be sure to get the usual daily dose of news and information that Google News has become popular for.
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