Google is redesigning Google News on the desktop again and I kind of hate it

My favorite version of Google News is from 2006. It was a lean, austere, two-column design that prioritized HTML text over aesthetics. The look was so function-first that Google News soon became my homepage.

To this day, the very first thing I do in the morning is open Google News. It ‘s the single best way to get a broad overview of news of a wide swath of categories around the world. Judging by the amount of traffic sites like my own, TechRadar, receives from Google News, it’s a popular homepage for millions of others, as well.

Google News 2006, courtesy of the WayBack Machine. (Image credit: Future)

Google has been messing with the platform for all these 16 years, prioritizing images, bloating the simple navigation with personalization, and doing its best to tailor the landing page to what Google’s algorithms think I want to read about. On mobile this means I have to switch from the “For You” tab to the “Top Stories” to see a less filtered news list.

Google News 2022

Current Google News homepage (Image credit: Future)

At least on the desktop, Google still feeds a good linear list of top headlines with boxes dedicated to each news section: Headlines (all the categories), World, Business, Technology, Entertainment, Sports, Science, and Health.

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