Google is an update to the news tab of its search function on the desktop, with an update design that sacrifices the density of information for clarity.
The new design, which the company announced in a Tweet, the appearance of the News tab is closer to that of the page dedicated to Google News. The news is now displayed in card format instead of in a list, which makes the headlines and the names of the editors more prominent. It also seems that the company is grouping stories more clearly, so if you are looking for a broad subject (such as "MLB") it is easier to distinguish different lines of coverage.
In the coming weeks, we are rolling out a redesigned News tab in Search on the desktop. The renewed design makes the names of the editors more prominent and organizes the articles more clearly to help you find the news you need. Check it out pic.twitter.com/xa2aZfO4Qd
– Google News Initiative (@GoogleNewsInit) July 11, 2019
The change itself is relatively minor, but it is part of a larger Google effort to improve its news products. The treatment of the news by the technological giant sometimes seems like a last minute idea, with the content of the company so that its search and aggregation functions collect the content. But the anxiety over digital news has increased in recent years, as publishers refer to declining revenues and experts warn about the proliferation of low quality sources.
Google's response has been multiple. Partnerships were formed with local news organizations; created new mechanisms that facilitate the subscription of users to publishers; establish programs to fight against false news; and relaunched its own dedicated news application with new AI features. It is a series of activities, although it is not clear if any of these programs will change the basic dynamics of the current media landscape, since technology platforms will continue to cut publishers' revenues while pushing users to dubious publishers.
The updated News tab will be displayed to users around the world in the coming weeks.