Google News Test Another New Design

May 28, 2010 • 7:56 am | comments (1) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine
 

Google News seems to be constantly testing new user interfaces, features and designs. The latest design was hinted to in the Google News Help forum by Fred of Google and I spotted screen captures of it in the Google Blogoscoped Forums. Let me share those screen shots from Jérôme in the forum.

Here is the home page test:

Google News UI Update

Here is the article list test:

Google News UI Update

Jérôme has some outstanding feedback on this design:

Wow, I really hate this and it's probably the worst change I ever had with a Google service.

  • It canceled all my personalization
  • I can't remove the local news sectio, which must be restrict to a city-level to make sense (very poor quality otherwise)
  • I can only have one column.
  • I can't chose how each topic should rank, i.e I'm forced to have the entertainment section above the health one.
  • I have to hover each headline for about 1 second to get few words about th article. It makes absolutely no sense to wait that long compared to go directly read the article. "Japan Economic Data Worsens – Wall Street Journal – Tomoyuki Tachikawa – ‎3 hours ago‎" How meaningful is this?

Personally, I agree on many points. I don't like the current interface for Google News, but is this an improvement?

Forum discussion at Google News Help and Google Blogoscoped Forums.

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Comments:

Ethan

05/29/2010 03:06 am

I have been (and still am) subjected to this awful and TEDIOUS new design. Jerome is right on the money with his comments. The "one column" and the "hovering over with the cursor to read anything" are the two worst offenses. If Google was smart, they'd offer different templates to choose from that would be as easy as changing any of your other preferences. That would be easy for them to do.

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