Google News update launched and users are in uproar
Google began to roll out an update to Google News, the company's news site on the WebÂ yesterday following releases of the updated Google News application for Android and iOS.
The new version of Google News is the latest Google product that the company redesigned this year. Google launched design updates for Gmail and Google Drive earlier this year already, and it seems that the company is not done yet.
Google launched a new version of Google News in the middle of 2017Â which was not liked universally. It appears that yesterday's redesign launch splits the userbase as wel.
Tip: The classic Google Kiosk website is still accessible. It is likely that Google will take it down eventually and redirect users to the new Google News automatically or load an updated version of the site instead. You can also check out these Google News alternatives.
The new Google News
The redesign moved several elements around on Google News for the Web and it appears that Google removed some options as well or made them more difficult to use.
Here are the main points of criticism as reported by Google News users from all around the world:
- Users complain that custom content, e.g. searches, sources or topics, doesn't show up anymore, and that they cannot hide topics anymore.
- Some users reported that scrolling is completely broken for them.
- Too much whitespace on desktop and mobile. On some mobile devices, a single news headline is displayed.
- To access your own customized content, you need to select favorites or saved searches now. Topics of interest were displayed in the sidebar directly previously.
- Order by date option is removed.
- The management options of the Settings have been removed. You can't add new sections or interests using the Settings anymore or reorder the news sections.
- The option to hide Sports scores has been removed.
A test on the new interface confirmed some of the complaints. Saved searches, for example, were not carried over from the old to the new interface.
It is still possible to select to hide stories from a news source but there is no option anymore to hide entire sections. What you can do, however, is inform Google that you want more or less stories of a certain kind.
Google News displays a hide option when you click on the menu icon (the three dots) when you move the mouse over a news excerpt. You can hide the news source or tell the company that you want more or less news of the kind.
You cannot hide Top Stories or some of the sections, e.g. spotlight, recent, fact check or local news.
I never really used Google News or other news services as I prefer to get my news via RSS instead. A redesign is always problematic from a user perspective, and that is especially true if a company decides to remove functionality or move it that was accessible before.
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