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This article was published on July 22, 2011

Google News gets a Plus-inspired makeover, but it’s no improvement.

Google News gets a Plus-inspired makeover, but it’s no improvement.
Joel Falconer
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Joel Falconer is the Features Editor at TNW. He lives on the Gold Coast, Australia with his wife and three kids and can sometimes be found g Joel Falconer is the Features Editor at TNW. He lives on the Gold Coast, Australia with his wife and three kids and can sometimes be found gaming or consulting. Follow Joel on Twitter.

A new design of Google News based on the aesthetic conventions introduced by Google+ last month has begun rolling out, according to Google Operating System.

But while it uses the same conventions as Google+, it misses the mark — the layout doesn’t work, there are careless padding issues and it is in general a big step down from the more traditional layout.

We loved Google’s new design direction when it started appearing, but we’re not really sure how to explain what happened here. Here’s hoping Andy Hertzfeld comes in and kicks some ass soon.