Google News Alternatives

Google launched a new design for the company's Google News service recently which Google stated was a long overdue modernization of it.

As is the case with most fundamental changes to a service, Google has not received only love for the change but also criticism.

While mobile users seem to be fine with Google News for the most part, at least some desktop users are not. They state that there is too much widespace, and that the layout is not optimized for going through news quickly anymore as less news articles are displayed on the visible part of a page.

The option to vote with your pageviews exists, and it is probably one of the most useful ones in an Internet user's arsenal.

Google News Alternatives

The alternatives are listed in two groups below: first a group of news sites that is reviewed individually, and then a second group with alternatives that are mentioned only briefly.

Bing News

bing news

Bing News is a mainstream news aggregator that is available in multiple localized editions. It highlights top stories on its front page, and pulls news from newspapers, and online publications.

The homepage features trending topics as well from all areas of interest. You may filter news by type, for instance World or US news, and access news on important events directly there as well.



Newsmap

newsmap

Newsmap is quite the interesting service, and not only because it uses a non-traditional design for displaying news on its site.

Newsmap color codes news and displays news headlines in different sizes on the page. All colors are displayed at the bottom of the interface for easy reference, and an option to hide certain types of news.

If you are not interested in health for instance, you can toggle the news topic off there to remove health related articles from the display. Another option that is displayed there is to change the time period that news articles have to be published in for them to be listed by Newsmap.

It is furthermore possible to change the language of news from English to a dozen other languages or regions including Germany, France, or Spain.

Some entries may be barely readable, but you can hover the mouse over any to display the title, first paragraph and other information such as the publication it was published in.

The service pulls data from Google News.

Wikipedia: Current Events

wikipedia current events

This is not your typical all-news covering news portal, but a selection of major events from around the world.

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You may switch between worldwide current events and sports events on the site, and get a selection of news topics and topics by date on the page.

Note that you may select one of the languages displayed on the left to list language specific news. These may differ highly, and some appear to be updated less frequently than others.

The right sidebar lists ongoing events, sport events, elections and referendums, or deaths for easy access.

Or, Legiblenews.

Other Google News Alternatives

  • Left Right Center is focused on news from the US. It lists sources that are left or right leaning to provide readers with all points of views on topics.
  • Memeorandum is for politics what Techmeme is for technology. The site covers only political news, and pulls data from a variety of online publications.
  • New York Times Morning Briefing, a once a day summary (but not on weekends).
  • Reddit/r/news is the news hub of Reddit. Users post and vote on news on the site, and since it is one of the largest sites out there on today's Internet, it never takes long for important stories to be linked and discussed on the site.
  • The States Report covers national and world news (and others), and lists news in an easy to access way on its site.
  • Techmeme covers only technology news and pulls news from all major tech publications on the Internet. What I like about it is that it often lists multiple sources for news articles.
  • Virwire pulls news from around the world and displays them in a simple layout that is optimized for mobile but accessible on desktop systems as well.
  • Yahoo News is another mainstream news source. It is very similar to Bing News in scope. One major difference is that the first click on news links opens part or even all of the story on Yahoo News.

Now You: Have another alternative for Google News that works well on the desktop? Feel free to share it below in the comment section.

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  1. kalmly July 10, 2017 at 2:43 pm #

    NO middle ground these days. Win 10 and most websites place tiny text in the center of huge white space, forcing me to wear out my fingers scrolling. On the other end of the spectrum there is now Google's Newsmap page which gives me a headache just looking at it. It reminds me of the nightmare I just woke up from, an attack of hard-edged clashing colors from which there is no escape.

  2. paul(us) July 10, 2017 at 2:58 pm #

    No only there is no middle ground with the website space which the articles are taken from the whole page. But also and even more important there all shock jocks nowadays. Sensation and more sensation that is the name of the game.
    The quality of subject and deep research there all a thing of the (even ferry far away) past.
    Its all about the ratings so if it's entertainment that he vieuwer wants entertainment they will get!

  3. Epoc July 10, 2017 at 2:58 pm #

    FYI http://newsmap.jp uses Google News as the backend.

  4. T J July 10, 2017 at 3:20 pm #

    Try these sites as well:

    http://metro.co.uk/ news
    news, sport, world

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news
    news, sport, world, political, business

    Both sites are in english.

  5. Eric July 10, 2017 at 5:50 pm #

    Newsmap requires Flash. I'm not willing to run Flash anymore, too risky. They should have used HTML5.

    I use http://www.freshnews.org/ and https://wn.com/ instead of google news . I have a wide monitor and both use most of the screen width.

    • Ahmed July 10, 2017 at 9:48 pm #

      @Eric

      Try Newsola. See my comment below.

  6. chesscanoe July 10, 2017 at 6:01 pm #

    Memorandum is a fantastic site for both political content and ability to customize preferences in a useful way, e.g. font size. Its multiple references for a given article are very useful. I wish I had known of the site before now.

  7. Dave July 10, 2017 at 6:18 pm #

    As bad as the new Google News is none of the others are any better. I love the personalization of displayed items.

  8. KNTRO July 10, 2017 at 6:24 pm #

    Newsmap: Oh no! Seems like you do not have the Flash 9 player plugin installed.

    ORLY?! Flash 9 did you say? Goodbye, Newsmap, you're stuck in a time machine. And Flash is gone. 😂

  9. Marcin July 10, 2017 at 6:45 pm #

    In the same time, you can still use the classic Google search engine with the 'tbm=nws' parameter.
    Efficient. No wasted space. You can even make it more compat with a bit of CSS, like so :
    https://imgur.com/VugHuHj

    • Chrump July 11, 2017 at 12:53 am #

      How did you do that? Thanks Terrine. https://newstral.com/en looks interesting.

    • Anonymous July 12, 2017 at 4:25 pm #

      Care to post the CSS you used for the ultra dense layout? Also, I'm assuming you are using search terms, yes? I wonder if Google News can be hacked to display the same information as Google News, but modify the layout with CSS.. hmm..

  10. Rocky July 10, 2017 at 9:31 pm #

    Yes. As so often seems to be the case and despite my reservations about Google tracking the truth is that Googles applications including seem to be he best.

  11. Terrine July 10, 2017 at 9:41 pm #

    I like news aggregator Newstral:

    https://newstral.com/de

    https://newstral.com/en

  12. Ahmed July 10, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

    For those of you who want Newsmap without flash, there is Newsola which works on html5.

    http://www.newsola.com/#/us/

    You can configure the address as such: I don't like sports so I link like this:

    http://www.newsola.com/#/us/w,n,b,t,e

    Also, if you place your mouse over a section and scroll, it will expand that section. Scroll in reverse to go back out.

    Perhaps Martin could write an article on Newsola.

  13. Ahmed July 10, 2017 at 9:54 pm #

    One of my favorite sites lists the 20 most viewed articles on the New York Times. If something is important, it will be found here.

    http://www.nytimes.com/most-popular-viewed%3Ftype%3D1

    • Arcionquad July 10, 2017 at 11:05 pm #

      Thank you.

  14. All Things Firefox July 10, 2017 at 11:33 pm #

    http://180report.com/ lets you flip a switch for a left/right perspective. It's updated thrice daily.

  15. John Fenderson July 11, 2017 at 3:41 am #

    I have switched to using Tiny Tiny RSS (https://tt-rss.org/).

    This may not be the solution for everyone, particularly because you need to run it under web server software like Apache, but it is fantastic for me. It uses Google News as the news source by default, but you can change that as much or as little as you like. It can gather the news nonstop, and if you are game for running a server that is accessible from the internet, you can check in with it from anywhere.

    In a sense, I have to thank Google -- the redesign made their site unusable to me, so it spurred me to find an alternative. And I'm happier with this alternative than I ever was with Google News.

  16. Fena July 11, 2017 at 6:49 am #

    ahmed some of us are not american worshippers. Instead we are of planet earth

    • Ahmed July 11, 2017 at 8:13 am #

      Incidentally, I'm Canadian. US politics and economics have a greater impact on Canada then events in Europe, for example.

      My links get you to the Newsola website. It has options to choose other countries.

  17. Var July 11, 2017 at 11:59 am #

    http://www.newsnow.co.uk/h/ is quote good as well with lots of sections and its updated every few minutes.

  18. clas July 11, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    ah, today this blog is a breath of fresh air. i want to thank martin for bringing up the subject and several others for their suggestions. the new google just makes google done for me. the re-do was just the straw.... anything google i do i now do in a completely separate browser...all by its lonesome. track that suckers.

  19. Tom July 11, 2017 at 6:01 pm #

    I personally love statesreport.com. Fast, easy to read, with a variety of sources.

  20. TW July 13, 2017 at 11:21 pm #

    Lately I've been enjoying the simple text-only https://cor.ax

  21. John July 21, 2017 at 11:36 pm #

    I use wn.com now. Much better and more sources.

  22. Ferdinand August 13, 2017 at 2:03 am #

    Thanks for this information. I am one of those who got annoyed by the new google news layout. It just doesn't work on my laptop computer. Some alternatives I found are:

    - http://www.newsnow.co.uk is pretty good, though a bit oriented towards the UK. They do cover world news, though.

    - http://www.kranten.com for Dutch readers

  23. Usagi August 19, 2017 at 4:09 pm #

    Today I was glad to be able to come back here to look up some links that I had found useful in this article. Somehow I lost all the bookmarks in one of my browsers.
    As a "Thank-you note" I wish to add two links that I find useful and that have not been mentioned here, yet:

    - https://www.newslookup.com

    - https://www.allsides.com

  24. Sandy Smith September 23, 2017 at 5:45 pm #

    And after trying all these, I found that the best no-nonsense site is Associated Press

    https://apnews.com/

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