Google is rolling out an update to the News tab of its desktop search function, with a refreshed design that sacrifices information density for clarity.
The new design, which the company announced in a tweet, brings the look of the News tab closer to that of the dedicated Google News site. News stories are now displayed in a card format rather than a list, making headlines and the names of publishers more prominent. It also seems like the company is grouping stories together more clearly, so if you search for a broad topic (like “MLB”) its easier to distinguish different strands of coverage.
Over the next couple weeks were rolling out a redesigned News tab in Search on desktop. The refreshed design makes publisher names more prominent and organizes articles more clearly to help you find the news you need. Check it out pic.twitter.com/xa2aZfO4Qd
— Google News Initiative (@GoogleNewsInit) July 11, 2019
The change itself is relatively minor, but its part of a larger effort by Google to improve its news products. The tech giants treatment of news sometimes seems like an afterthought, with the company content to have its search and aggregation features scoop up content. But anxiety over digital news has grown in recent years, with publishers worried by diminishing revenue and experts warning about the proliferation of low-quality sources.
Googles response has been multi-pronged. Its formed partnerships with local news orgs; created new mechanisms that make it easier for users to