Google News gets a makeover with its new UI

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This new look is a huge improvement over the old look and I welcome

In the old days of Google News, it wasn't exactly easy to find fact checks about articles that were presented in the feed. Google News and The Drudge Report are similar in what they do: they both aggregate the news and deliver it to readers.

Google is launching a major redesign for Google News, bringing the site more in line with Google's company-wide "Material Design" guidelines.

As for new stuff besides the refreshed design, there's a new "For You" section that aggregates news Google thinks you'll care about. 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".

Users may also notice the navigation scheme has been tweaked to include a new navigation bar with options for "Headlines", "Local", and "For You".

Local, which allows users to switch and read their local news. In "Local", they can track stories from any part of the world. The new elements of Google News for desktop are borrowed from its mobile app, including the card-based interface. Indeed, the team expanded the use of video in Google News, which makes sense, given how many recent stories now center around video.

We've adopted a card format that makes it easier to browse, scan and identify related articles about a story. However, it is currently available only in the U.S. for now. The first view offers a quick glance into a story. "From there you can go deeper and read articles with different points of view which are frequently labeled with helpful tags", Paka said in the blog. It was actually introduced previous year with a Fact Check "label", but this new block is being added "on the right column of "Headlines" that shows the top fact checked articles recently published". If you're frustrated with getting your news on Facebook, Twitter or Flipboard - or maybe you want something broader than RSS feeds like Feedly - it might be time to give Google News another chance. This way you can see additional context on stories immediately even as you are scanning.

The updated interface is now rolling out to all users of Google News.

In any case, if the new Google News has already gone live for you, then you'll see the old listing of links and thumbnail images replaced by a collection of cards, just like the ones used in Google Now.

A user's view and place on the page is maintained as they click in and out of stories.

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