Google will soon reveal a refreshed News tab that places a priority on publishers, rather than headlines. The corporate today tweeted a preview of the redesigned news section for the desktop model of its search engine, which can roll out to customers over the next few weeks.
The change falls in line with current efforts by the search giant to be more attentive to the wants of publishers and cut down on fake news.
While it is early to tell what precisely the revamped News tab will accomplish, it is clear that it is a step in an entirely different direction. A look at the “Before and After” GIF of the News tab reveals that prominent news publishers are highlighted clearly on top, and the staggered look of numerous news headlines stacked on top of each other is gone.
Instead, the tweaked News tab resembles the card format of the main Google news page or the Google news experience on mobile.
Instead of several similar stories being grouped under one card, each story seems to have its card. For instance, a search for “MLB” hones in on the most timely MLB topic (National League All-Star voting outcomes) and the stories of three mainstream publishers (CNN, the Washington Post, and USA Today) are featured front and center, highlighted inboxes.
There are fewer links per page; however particular person stories are featured extra prominently. There’s extra white space. However, readers will be able to see more of a preview of each story.