Screenshot of new Google News design; testers hate it

Google launched a re-design of Google News back in May of 2009. About a week ago, there was some "buzz" (get it?) about another refresh coming to the service. Up until now, no one has posted any screenshots of the new look. Today, however, the Search Engine Roundtable got their hands on one. It was originally posted in the Google News Help forum.

Over in the forum, it doesn't look like too many people are happy with the new design. Some users have even threatened to leave Google News if the new design takes effect. Below there are screenshots comparing the current design to the new one. Here's what testers have to say about it:

"Horrible, if it doesn't revert to something similar as before will leave to another news source."

"The new layout just gives me lots of junk stories. I want MY sections, not yours. Change it back to the way it was. Better yet, get rid of your Top Stories. I want only MY stories."

"Please advise on how to change the layout back the way it was. I hate this new layout."

"I have to agree with everyone else.  The new design is terrible.  It's just a hodge podge of articles, like someone had a pile and threw them down the stairs.  It's cumbersome and unusable - something you would have expected to see on the internet 10 years ago.  I'll keep coming back to see if it changes to the previous format but I'm using Yahoo News now - something I never thought I'd do."

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New Google News

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Old Google News

 

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There's so much wasted white space on this new page layout, have they fired their user interface designers and let the cleaning staff throw this new structure together?? The current layout is perfect, what is this new interface bringing to the table? It's a huge step backwards. One thing about buzz as well, is the amount of white wasted space.. I think they really need to be more creative (you can still keep it simple and functional, just not elongated down 10 screen lengths.

You can't trust opinions anymore ... there's some odd trend of hating new things. Facebook has to endure it every time they do an update ... when in my opinion, every facebook update has been good. That new Google page looks good and neat to me. I think it'd be good.

I prefer the old layout also. The new layout looks a lot like Bing.com news, which is the reason why I don't use Bing for news. But if google is going to use the same look, I might as well use Bing.

"I have to agree with everyone else. The new design is terrible. It's just a hodge podge of articles, like someone had a pile and threw them down the stairs. It's cumbersome and unusable - something you would have expected to see on the internet 10 years ago. I'll keep coming back to see if it changes to the previous format but I'm using Yahoo News now - something I never thought I'd do."

so true

I'm no fan of the new one, the old one let me see almost all the stories at once on my screen, this new one looks far more.. meh.

As a graphic designer from the 'old days' I am still surprised that people equate 'clean' with 'ugly'.

There is no reason that Google has to look like a page a kid scrambled together back in 1997 to be 'clean'.

I hope the right-side menu/pane can be removed, aside from that I don't see much differences between the old (current) version and beta layout.

Funny, the top screen has customization options by area and interest, but aren't setup...and the comments all complain about having no control. I don't get it.

lordcanti86 said,
Wasn't personalized news sources the whole reason for iGoogle/My Yahoo!/My MSN/etc. ?
Funny, when I look at the screenshot, I see a section on the right that says "Personalize this Page".

This is all just a bunch of people that are scared of change, same as what happens when they change facebook. It is no big deal, it is likely better once you get your mind past the fact that it is different, and the next time it changes, people are going to be begging for this version back.

If people aren't happy with it, they should ask for their money back.

i definately wouldn't use the new layout, the old one feels more like a newspaper which what i want when im reading news and headlines

Prefer the current version I think - can easily see all the main stories in each section without having to navigate around too much.

Kristan K said,
To be honest I find the new layout looks cleaner and easier to navigate though.

thats my opinion too...

Kristan K said,
To be honest I find the new layout looks cleaner and easier to navigate though.

So do I. The current layout doesn't look very good at all.

Kristan K said,
To be honest I find the new layout looks cleaner and easier to navigate though.

The layout isn't what most of them are complaining about though, it's the choice of news articles shown in that layout. It seems that Google is showing what it considers the "top stories" now rather than what the user's have specified.

Kristan K said,
To be honest I find the new layout looks cleaner and easier to navigate though.

+1! I think the new design is easier to read.

TCLN Ryster said,

The layout isn't what most of them are complaining about though, it's the choice of news articles shown in that layout. It seems that Google is showing what it considers the "top stories" now rather than what the user's have specified.

Is that only in the "Top Stories" section or on every tab? I seldom click the Top Stories tab, but I can see how people are upset that Google is picking top stories for them.

Kristan K said,
To be honest I find the new layout looks cleaner and easier to navigate though.

Just by judging by the screen shots, I would have to agree with you on that.

TCLN Ryster said,

It seems that Google is showing what it considers the "top stories" now rather than what the user's have specified.

The new layout didn't let me make custom news sections from keywords like the old one did. I don't find the new one easier to navigate either. It's just bad in every way. :/

Kristan K said,
To be honest I find the new layout looks cleaner and easier to navigate though.

I agree too. I don't like the look of the current one very much.

Then again, I've never used Google News and I probably never will, so it really shouldn't be up to me to decide.