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This article was published on July 12, 2019


Google declutters its news tab on desktop search pages with a fresh look

Google declutters its news tab on desktop search pages with a fresh look
Ivan Mehta
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Ivan Mehta

Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh." Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh."

The News tabon Google’s search results pages is a pretty big deal when you’re trying to keep up with the world: for many people, it’s their quickest way to find news stories on topics they’re interested in. The search giant is now revamping this section on desktop – where it looks cluttered and hard to scan – to bring it in line with its mobile equivalent and improve readability.

As per Google News Initiative’s tweet, each link will have its own card, allowing for more space. For instance, if you search for “women’s soccer world cup,” stories from major news organizations will show up in boxes, and other links will have their individual cards – as opposed to a jumble of links like you’re currently used to.

You can also click on each card to see the preview of the story. Hit the play button in the video embedded in the tweet for a closer look.

Publishers will also possibly benefit from the redesign, as it now prominently shows links and the name of the publication for each news story. Plus, the cards layout will show the full headline instead of displaying it until a certain character limit as shown in the screengrab below.

The update is planned to roll out over a few weeks, so it might be a while before you see the refreshed page design.

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